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Health Department warns that Pertussis has reached county
The Josephine County Public Health Department warns that four cases of Pertussis have recently been diagnosed in Josephine County.

Identified victims of the disease include: a 4-year-old, 9-year-old, 10-year-old and 12-year-old all from different families.

Pertussis is a three stage disease that lasts on average six to 10 weeks. Pertussis is characterized by severe paroxysms, which is defined as spasms of coughing ending with gasping or vomiting.

The disease incubates for seven to 10 days before the infection becomes active.

At risk groups include infants and women in their third trimester of pregnancy and these groups, or anyone who lives with them, are suggested to receive a Pertussis Vaccine.

For more information contact Josephine County Public Health at 541-474-5325.

Posted on 11/29/11 11:02PM by Jared Dill