January 29, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 5

3 Confirmed Whooping Cough Cases In County

Valley County has had three confirmed cases of pertussis case (whooping cough) since Jan. 1. These cases make clear the importance of up to date vaccinations to decrease the spread of pertussis. The Valley County Health Department is working with health care providers, and other partners to identify close contacts and ensure that they are evaluated and treated as needed.

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Pertussis is a contagious respiratory disease that in almost all cases can be effectively treated by a health care professional if identified early. Pertussis is spread through the air by coughing, and transmission is depe...

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