Whooping Cough Outbreak In St. Lawrence County

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St. Lawrence County Public Health officials say it's too early to say whether an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, will require any special vaccination clinics.
 
There have been 11 confirmed cases of the illness since the end of August, primarily in the Massena, Ogdensburg, Canton and Potsdam areas.

Symptoms of pertussis include a runny nose, sneezing and coughing that progressively gets worse.

While any age is prone to getting the bacterial infection, infants and those not fully vaccinated are most at risk and may require antibiotics.

Health officials say the current outbreak involves mostly children.

"They just cannot stop coughing and sometimes the children who are coughing with the whooping cough turn blue and it's very, very scary," said Lorraine Kourofsky, interim public health director.

Additional information about pertussis can be found on the county's public health website at www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/Departments/PublicHealth.

Friday, April 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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