Spike In Whooping Cough Cases

EUGENE, Ore.– Lane County has the highest number of pertussis, or whooping cough cases in the state, at 42 this year. The recent spike in July has doctors and health officials concerned. PeaceHealth providers diagnosed 12 confirmed patients this month alone. All patients are under sixteen years old and one was a baby less than … Continue reading »

Students Diagnosed with Pertussis

BLACHLY, Ore. — Two Triangle Lake Charter School students are recovering from the whooping cough that is affecting the rest of the school. School administrators say two students tested positive for pertussis, more commonly known as the whooping cough, at the school in April. Both kids are a part of the third grade class. Once … Continue reading »

Interview: Lane County Tdap Clinics

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health is hosting the first of seven Tdap clinics Wednesday. This comes after four confirmed cases of pertussis reported last week. The illness has a transmission rate much higher than the flu. One case can spark 16 more. Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health was live in the … Continue reading »

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 … Continue reading »

School District Addresses Pertussis

COOS BAY, Ore. — The Coos County Public Health Department sent out a notice Wednesday to families in the Coos Bay School District regarding the four students who tested positive for whooping cough. The county and the school district say that there are currently only four cases of positive pertussis that they know about in … Continue reading »

Pertussis Confirmed at Coos Bay Schools

COOS BAY, Ore. — The Coos County Public Health Department has confirmed four cases of Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, at two local schools. The cases were traces back to children who attend Millicoma and Blossom Gulch schools. Whooping cough is a contagious respiratory infection spread by droplets produced from a cough or sneeze, … Continue reading »

Vaccine Advised for Pregnant Women

(CNN) — Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in the U.S. Federal officials say more than 32,000 cases and 16 deaths have already been recorded this year, most of those in infants. That’s why pediatricians recommend parents and their babies get vaccinated for pertussis right after the child is born. But now the … Continue reading »