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Whooping cough cases on the rise

WINFIELD - Officials with local health departments are urging adults to make sure they and their children are vaccinated for the whooping cough.

Tuesday, school district officials received information that a student at Winfield Intermediate School had been diagnosed with whooping cough, however no other cases have been discovered in the area.

Sedgwick County Health Department officials say the recent rise in the number of cases in recent years is especially unfortunate considering that the disease can be prevented through vaccination.

"Basically the best way to prevent pertussis from happening is vaccination," said Seth Konkel, Health Protection Coordinator. "The more people we have vaccinated in the community, the less likely we are to have the disease come in to our community or stay in the community if it does make it's way in."

However he warns that many children get the disease from adults who believe they simply have a bad cold.

"They might cough for weeks on end, lasting up to 10 weeks, but they're just not going to have that whooping cough sound," Konkel said, "so they're just as contagious, just as sick, just don't have the same sound of a cough as a child would have."



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