Two Children Diagnosed with Whooping Cough in Douglas County

By KBJR News 1

Two Children Diagnosed with Whooping Cough in Douglas County

September 4, 2012 Updated Sep 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Two Children have been diagnosed with pertussis or whooping cough at a child care Center in Douglas County, and they may not be the only ones.

The County Department of Health and Human Services says the two cases are part of a widespread outbreak across the state of Wisconsin. The contagious bacterial disease affects the respiratory tract and is spread by coughing.

Symptoms often begin like a cold with a low grad fever and cough.

Health officials say the best defense against whooping cough is vaccination.

"We recommend all Wisconsin residents check their vaccination status and schedule a visit to their healthcare providers if they have not yet immunized against pertussis," said Dr. Henry Anderson a State Health Officer.

The name of the center in Douglas County isn't being released due to privacy concerns.

For more information visit Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services

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