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Whooping cough outbreak reaches Alabama

Two Alabama counties have now been linked to an outbreak of whooping cough.

Posted: Aug 5, 2018 10:55 PM

The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported an outbreak of pertussis, also know as whooping cough, in Shelby and Jefferson counties. 

In total, ADPH has identified nine children with whooping cough.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The illness begins with a low- grade fever, runny nose and cough. After a few weeks the cough develops to a violent cough, making it difficult to breathe.

If you or your child have come in contact with anyone with whooping cough, contact your primary care physician immediately.

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