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Pertussis Outbreak in King County

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

Notice from King County Public Health

Washington State and King County are experiencing a widespread pertussis outbreak. In King County, there were 191 confirmed cases of pertussis reported in the first 4 months of 2012 – the highest number reported for this time of year in the past decade, and more than the reports received in all of last year.

Pertussis is a bacterial illness that may begin with symptoms like the common cold: runny nose, scratchy throat, or cough. The cough then gets worse over one to two weeks. Fever is usually mild or absent. Most children and adults don’t get seriously ill. But for infants, pertussis can be life-threatening. Last year, two infants in Washington State died of pertussis.

There are many things you can to do protect your family and your community from pertussis:

Thank you for taking these steps to protect the health of your family and community. If you have questions about pertussis or are concerned that you might have pertussis, please call your health care provider. For more information you may also call Public Health at 206-296-4774.

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