Another Case Of Whooping Cough In St. Lawrence County

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There has been another confirmed case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in St. Lawrence County.

This time it's in a three year old unvaccinated child.

That brings the number to 12 confirmed cases of the disease since the end of August.

County Public Health interim director Lorraine Kourofsky says efforts have been made to contact the county's large Amish population, who shun vaccinations as part of their religious beliefs, to advise them of the whooping cough outbreak and ask them to consider agreeing to be vaccinated.

Officials say the latest case of whooping cough is not in the Amish community.

Health officials say the outbreak indicates evidence of the disease's comeback and the need for parents to have their children vaccinated rather than opting out of the vaccine on religious beliefs or for medical reasons.

St. Lawrence County and Lewis County are among the state's counties with high exemption rates.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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