Outbreak of whooping cough in two Westchester communties

An outbreak of potentially deadly bacteria is spreading through at least two Westchester communities. The bacteria called Pertussis, or more commonly known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and can be very dangerous.

The Westchester County Health Department says there have already been 19 cases of whooping cough diagnosed in the area of Cortlandt and Peekskill. That's three times the number of cases they usually see a year and it's something Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Lipsman says everyone should be on alert about.

Dr. Lipsman says the outbreak started in kids in the areas of Peekskill and Cortlandt im August, with the most recent case diagnosed last Wednesday.

While the disease can affect people of all ages, Lipsman says they are mostly seeing whooping cough in younger kids because many of them have not received the vaccine.

Symptoms for whooping cough are a runny nose, slight fever and a persistent high-pitched cough. Dr. Lipsman says if you think your child has whooping cough, keep them away from other children and get medical treatment immediately.

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