Whooping Cough Hits Student in Boone County

Whooping Cough Hits Student in Boone County

Another case of whooping cough has been reported in Boone County this year, thereby taking the final figure to 15 now. The latest victim is a Hickman High School student, and after knowing the same, school and health department officials are reaching out to all those who were in close contact with him so as to limit the spread.

It has been confirmed by Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark that they are notifying all those close to him to get vaccination so that others can be saved. It is known that whooping cough is extremely contagious bacterial disease and usually occurs in the United States this time.

Though it is preventable with vaccine, there are many who are complacent about the same. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 35,000 cases have been reported nationwide in 2012, with infants younger than 3 months old, the severe victims.

"It can go on and on and on if you have a fairly unvaccinated population", said Sarah Rainey, the epidemiology, planning and evaluation supervisor for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. Looking at the current state, the CDC recommends teens and adults to get pertussis booster shots to get the best possible protection.

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