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41 Whooping Cough Cases Now Reported in Montgomery County

The number of whooping cough cases in Montgomery County has reached 41 as of Oct. 2, according to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

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According to Mary Anderson, public information officer for the health department, 32 children and nine adults have been reported to the health department as having pertussis or whooping cough.

Anderson said 12 schools in the county have reported a case of pertussis to the county health department.

In 2010 the county reported nine pertussis cases; in 2011- 18; in 2012- 78 and in 2013 there were 40 cases, according to Anderson.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, pertussis is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. These bacteria attach to the cilia (tiny, hair-like extensions) that line part of the upper respiratory system. The bacteria release toxins, which damage the cilia and cause inflammation. Pertussis is generally treated with antibiotics, which are used to control the symptoms and to prevent infected people from spreading the disease.

Pertussis spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing, according to the CDC website. A person with pertussis can infect up to 12 to 15 other people. The illness can be serious and life threatening to infants and young children, according to the CDC.

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Krista Brick

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Krista Brick is a multi-media journalist with Montgomery Community Media.


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