Four new whooping cough cases found in southwest Missouri

Friday, May 29, 2009 | 10:10 a.m. CDT; updated 10:24 a.m. CDT, Friday, May 29, 2009

JOPLIN — Jasper County health officials have reported four new confirmed cases of whooping cough and are investigating two other potential cases.

The confirmed cases reported Thursday raise the county's total to 12 for the year. The cases range from infants to senior citizens, but the majority are children.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly communicable disease that can be severe in young children. It begins with mild upper respiratory tract symptoms and progresses to a cough. It can further progress to severe paroxysms, often with a characteristic "whoop," followed by vomiting.


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