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Case of pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed in Coffey Coffey

The whooping cough has now been reported in Coffey County.



According to the Coffey County Health Department, a case of pertussis, or the whooping cough, is now confirmed in the county. The CCHD is conducting a disease investigation at this time.


Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease that's caused by a bacteria. It's especially dangerous for young children and babies. For example, one out of every four babies will get pneumonia as a complication from pertussis. Babies can also die as a resulting complication from the bacteria-caused disease.


Teenagers and adults are susceptible to rib fractures, weight loss, loss of bladder control, and passing out as resulting complications from the whooping cough.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of pertussis can develop as long as three weeks after being exposed to it. The earliest symptoms range from a runny nose to a low-grade fever to apnea.


The best way to prevent acquiring pertussis is to get vaccinated. For more information on the whooping cough, go online to cdc.gov.

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