Lexington Stomach Bug Spike Serves As A Reminder

Lexington Stomach Bug Spike Serves As A Reminder

The Health Department says the recent stomach bug spike should serve as a reminder for families to get their vaccinations...especially pertussis this year.
A stomach bug is going around Fayette County and hitting the school system pretty hard.
The illness caused more than 100 students and a dozen teachers to miss class in Lansdowne Elementary at the same time.
The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping.
The Fayette County Public Schools Health Coordinator, Michelle Marra, says this isn't uncommon but they are taking the extra steps to prevent further spreading.

The Health Department says this should serve as a reminder for families to get their yearly vaccinations including flu, tetanus, and this year especially, pertussis or whooping cough.
Kevin Hall with the Health Department says that since the start of the calendar year, there have been over 50 cases in Fayette County.
In the previous 5 years, Fayette County has seen 25 cases combined of pertussis.
He says there is no definitive reason why pertussis is coming back so strongly.
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