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Pertussis Cases Cause Concern

EUGENE, Ore. — Three confirmed cases of the whooping cough within the last week have Lane County health representatives concerned.

The illness has a transmission rate much higher than the flu. One case can cause up to 16 more. So the county has scheduled six Tdap clinics over the next two months to help people stay healthy.

“We’re concerned that when we have three confirmed cases, there may be additional cases out in our community that have not been diagnosed or treated yet,” said Cindy Morgan, Communicable Disease Supervisor.

The next clinic will be on April 17 at Lane Community College, and the last one will be held on May 15 at Cottage Grove High School.

Residents can also always call Lane County Public Health to schedule an appointment.

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