PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – Health officials in western Kentucky are encouraging people to get vaccinated for whooping cough, despite the area not being part of a statewide surge in reported cases.
Regional epidemiologist Rui Zhao tells the Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1PGRdKa) that in 2015, Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman and McCracken counties had 30 reported cases of pertussis, also called whooping cough. From August to December, there were 87 reported cases across the state, with the highest concentrations in Jefferson County and northern Kentucky.
Zhao says Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease transmitted through respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing or talking. He says the disease can be deadly to infants too young to have been fully vaccinated, making it especially important for young children to be up-to-date on immunizations.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com
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