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Whooping cough in Kittitas County

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Health officials say two unvaccinated children have been diagnosed with whooping cough in Kittitas County.

One child is a student at Damman School and the other child is homeschooled. 

Whooping cough or pertussis is a very contagious airborne disease.  The illness is most severe in children under one year of age, and can be fatal. 

There are now three confirmed cases of pertussis this year in Kittitas County. In addition, officials say there are nine probable cases of pertussis.

Leaders at the Kittitas County Public Health Department say to prevent the spread of this illness all children and adults need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations.

They say vaccines are available at local health care providers, The Kittitas County Public Health Department, and many pharmacies. 

Pertussis usually begins with cold-like symptoms, including sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever, and mild cough.

For more information or questions call the Kittitas County Public Health Department at (509) 962-7515.