TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Pottawatomie County is seeing an outbreak of whooping cough cases.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that all schools within the Wamego School District have had free vaccination clinics for staff members. A clinic for students was held Wednesday at West Elementary, the hardest hit school in the district
The state has 172 confirmed cases so far this year, compared to 405 cases in all of 2013. In Pottawatomie County 17 confirmed cases have been reported. Last year, the northeast Kansas county had one case.
The disease, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. It can be prevented by vaccine.