Epidemic Hazard – North-America – USA


EDIS Number: EH-20120309-34452-USA
Date / time: 09/03/2012 04:08:36 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Washington
Location: [Clark County]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Several cases of whooping cough have surfaced in Clark County, according to the county’s deputy health officer. Marni Storey said 18 cases have been reported by doctors since mid-December, and that there are likely other undiagnosed cases. Often the highly contagious illness is spread in public places, like schools and other community settings. Storey explained that the health department was working to stop the spread of whooping cough. And in the meantime, area residents were urged to check their own vaccination records to see if they are current on their Pertussis vaccines. Infants and pregnant women are most at risk of complications if exposed. “There are infants that have been exposed and that’s what we’re most concerned about; most of the cases now have been school aged children and family members,” said Storey. So far, none of the reported cases have required hospitalization, and the number of cases is not unusually high. But with springtime often bringing a spike in the illness, health officers said they hope to keep whooping cough in check.

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