Health officials in Wyandotte County warn that cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are increasing -- especially among school-age children.
“So far for 2019 we’ve seen more cases of pertussis than we’ve seen in the last five or six years,” said Elizabeth Groenweghe, chief epidemiologist for the Unified Government Public Health Department. “Usually we see about 15 to 20 cases reported to us each year, and we’ve seen significantly more than that kind of average so far for 2019.”
State health officials say Wyandotte is among a handful of counties across Kansas reporting an outbreak of the disease. The primary goal during an outbreak is to protect babies from getting sick and dying from whooping cough.
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