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Whooping cough cases are on rise in Kentucky


The whooping cough is causing its first outbreak in Kentucky in several years.

Department of Health state epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says he expects the bacteria-caused illness called pertussis will infect more than 100 people this year. Kentucky has had at least 62 cases since October.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the state has seen eight to 60 cases of whooping cough in recent years.

This year’s outbreak is most severe in counties surrounding Elizabethtown.

The illness is most severe for young children and those with compromised immune systems. It can be deadly to children not vaccinated.

Franklin County Schools health coordinator Janevera Rothenburger says the health department might begin vaccinating students after nine students were diagnosed with whooping cough in the past month.

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