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P.G. – WHOOPING COUGH - 08/20/13 11:45 S.S.

7  CASES  OF  PERTUSSIS (BETTER  KNOWN  AS  WHOOPING  COUGH)  HAVE  BEEN  REPORTED  IN  PACIFIC  GROVE.      THE  HIGHLY  CONTAGIOUS  BACTERIAL  DISEASE,  WHICH  CAN  BE  SPREAD  VIA  COUGHING AND  SNEEZING,   CAN  BE  PREVENTED  WITH  A  VACCINATION.       MOST  OF  THE CURRENT CASES  ARE  IN  ADOLESCENTS.      THE  SYMPTOMS  OF  WHOOPING COUGH MAY  INCLUDE  A  RUNNY  NOISESNEEZING,  AND  A  MILD  COUGH……THAT  DEVELOPS  INTO  SEVERE  COUGHING  FITS  WITHIN  A  COUPLE  WEEKS.    CHILDREN  YOUNGER  THAN  6  MONTHS  OLD  ARE  AT  THE  GREATEST  RISK  OF  COMPLICATIONS  FROM  THE  DISEASE,   AND  ONE  OF  THOSE  COMPLICATIONS  CAN  BE  PNEUMONIA.

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