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Health official warns of whooping cough rise in Nevada County

Nevada County parents should receive notice soon, if they haven’t already, about an uptick in local whooping cough cases.

The county’s health department has received 31 reports since January of people diagnosed or suspected of having pertussis, known as whooping cough. A third of those cases occurred in the past month, according to Dr. Ken Cutler, the county’s health officer.

No deaths have occurred, though two infants were hospitalized earlier this year.



“Pertussis, whooping cough, tends to be cyclical,” Cutler said. “We’re starting to see a rise again.”

“Pertussis, whooping cough, tends to be cyclical. We’re starting to see a rise again.”Dr. Ken CutlerNevada County health officer

In 2013 the county had 70 cases of whooping cough. Cases dwindled over the following two years, with the increase happening this year.




According to Cutler, infants have the greatest risk of contracting the illness. He recommends vaccinations for those who live with or care for babies, as well as for pregnant women early in their third trimester.

Whooping cough has similarities to a common cold, until the coughing fits begin. People are considered contagious from when the symptoms start through three weeks of coughing, or five days after antibiotics.

Many local school districts already have disseminated Cutler’s information to parents, said Sharyn Turner, health coordinator with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.

“Hopefully, word is getting out,” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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