What's Going Around 7-13

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around, there are more cases of a potentially deadly disease.

Doctors are diagnosing more people with pertussis or whooping cough.
More are expected. Doctors are concerned because it's spreading fast.

Dr. Robert Fern with Valley Pediatric Group says its Waynesboro office alone has seen six cases. That's just in the past two weeks. It's the most he's ever seen in such a short period of time after ten years in practice. Augusta Health also says it's diagnosing more cases.

Symptoms are a persistent cough lasting longer than two weeks, prolonged coughing spells followed by a gasp for air, and spells followed by vomiting.

Whooping cough can be deadly for infants. You can protect them by getting yourself a booster shot. Last week the FDA approved the first triple vaccine to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis in those aged 65 and older. The TDap is already available for people under 65.

The Central Shenandoah Health District is aware of the cases. They are investigating the outbreak. The district is encouraging doctors to report cases to them. It also wants the general public to see a doctor if they or someone they love have symptoms.

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