Whooping Cough, West Nile Cases On The Rise

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News
Sedgwick County health officials say as more children return to school, this number is expected to rise.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sedgwick County health officials are reporting that the number of whooping cough cases has risen to 47.

The county health department said three more patients had been diagnosed with Pertussis in the span of one day, and that number is expected to grow.

"It's especially serious in infants and so that's why there's also the recomendation that adults, especially those who are caregivers or those around children 12 months of age or younger be vaccinated as well with the TDAP," said J'Vonnah Maryman, Sedgwick County Health Department.

The county recommends that children receive a Pertussis vaccine before enrollment. Adults are encouraged to get a Tdap vaccine, also a pertussis booster. Adults who care for infants and children should consider a Tdap vaccine, experts advise.

Bonnie Turvey knows what it's like to have whooping cough as a child. She and her husband are getting vaccinated to help protect not just themselves but others.

"My daughter in law asked us to come here and get vaccination since she'll have a baby in November. And my daughter had a baby in July. And so they were afraid, as a baby sitter, I might pass along some type of germ that I shouldn't," said Turvey.

The county health department also reports that the number of cases of West Nile Virus has climbed to 33. The Sedgwick County Health Department continues to receive notification of reported cases from hospitals and laboratories throughout the county.

There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile. The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites from infected mosquitoes.

Residents are encouraged to eliminate small pools of standing water, wear long sleeves and pants, or use insect repellent with DEET when outdoors.

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