Whooping Cough on the Rise in South Dakota

Source: KDLT News

By: Skytta, Rachel


Pertussis is on the rise in South Dakota, with 10 cases diagnosed in the past two weeks. This brings the total for 2014 so far to 29, nearly half the total number of cases seen last year. Doctors are encouraging people of all ages to be vaccinated to help protect them from the illness. The disease can cause the most damage in children under age five. Everyone is advised to be vaccinated for pertussis at least once after childhood, as not all vaccines are 100 percent effective and immunity can wane. Although pertussis can be treated with antibiotics if is caught soon enough, many doctors mistake it for a common cold in the early stages.

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