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Pertussis Outbreak Reported in Nevada County

There is a whooping cough outbreak in Nevada County. The Public Health Department warns that there have been 31 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, reported so far this year. County Health Officer Doctor Ken Cutler says this isn’t a complete surprise…

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The following year saw hundreds of cases statewide. For teens and adults, the cough can last months but usually goes away, but for babies, cases can be very severe and sometimes even fatal. Cutler says you can get a vaccine, but also warns that the shot does not work for as long as other diseases like the measles…

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Cutler says parents of infant children should get vaccinated as well as people who work around babies, and pregnant women in their last tri-mester. Pertussis also speads easily, mostly through coughing and sneezing.

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