Reno County investigates possible whooping cough outbreak
The Reno County Health Department is looking into a possible outbreak of whooping cough.
The health department says five cases of pertussis have been reported. Other possible cases are being investigated.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection.
It starts out with cold-like symptoms including a runny nose, sneezing, fever and a "whoop"-sound cough which last 1-2 weeks and worsen over time.
Symptoms generally appear about 4 to 41 days after exposure.
Protection against pertussis from the childhood vaccine “DTaP” decreases over time. Older children and adults, including pregnant women, can get a pertussis booster shot called “Tdap” to protect themselves and infants near or around them.
If you need the Tdap vaccine, contact your doctor or call the Reno County Health Department at 620-694-2900.