Whooping Cough cases in Westchester continue to grow

Fifty years ago Whopping Cough, known by doctors as Pertussis, was one of the leading causes of early childhood death. Modern medicine has all but wiped it out but this year 31 cases have now been confirmed in Westchester County.

Since August, Pediatrician Dr. Michael Lasser has seen 23 cases of Whooping Cough in children from Northern Westchester and Putnam County. In Westchester, the cases have been largely confined to the Cortlandt Manor area.

The county health department believes the outbreak began with several children who were not immunized, who then spread the contagious illness to kids who were vaccinated. Doctors say even with a complete series of shots, the immunization is only about 80 percent effective. Doctors also say immunity wears off by the age of 10.

Symptoms for Whooping Cough are a runny nose, slight fever and a persistent high-pitched cough. Doctors say if you think your child has whooping cough, keep them away from other children and get medical treatment immediately.For more on Whooping Cough, click here.

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