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Pertussis cases increase in Wisconsin


JEFFERSON COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Jefferson County Health Department says it's seen a significant increase in pertussis or whooping cough cases.

So far, the county has seen 17 cases of pertussis have been confirmed so far this year. At this time last year, there was only one confirmed case. In July alone, 15 cases have been confirmed.

Wisconsin is experiencing a widespread outbreak of the disease. So far there are 3,169 confirmed and probable cases. There were only 220 cases up to this point last year.

Health leaders are encouraging children ages 2 months to 6 years old and adults working with children get the combined Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccines, called DTaP.

Click here for more information about pertussis and vaccination recommendations.

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