Officials Report Rise in Whooping Cough in Osceola, Clare, and Isabella Counties
A local health department is reporting increased cases of pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough.
Officials say most of the cases are in Clare County, but Osceola and Isabella counties have also seen a rise in the illness.
At this time, the cases are primarily affecting families in the Amish Community.
But, according to officials, with normal summer activities such as camps, church events, parties, and festivals; the possibility for spreading this illness heightens.
Pertussis starts out like the common cold and the initial symptoms last a week.
Young infants can have difficulty breathing, may need to be hospitalized, and can even die due to whooping cough.
This disease is very contagious and people with pertussis can transmit the germ for four weeks after becoming ill.
The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated.
If you have questions about pertussis, contact your family doctor or local health department branch office.