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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reports more cases of whooping cough


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed seven new cases of pertussis around the city Tuesday morning on social media.

The health department declared an outbreak of the illness, also known as whooping cough, late last month. Since last April, 21 cases have been confirmed. Past cases have mostly been among children aged 13 to 18.

Early symptoms include a runny nose, a low fever, and sneezing or coughing. Coughing spells can get worse after a couple of weeks, and can include vomiting or exhaustion.

The department is reminding families to get vaccinated against the illness. The pertussis vaccine is part of children’s regular immunization schedule, and boosters are recommended for those aged 11 and older.

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Shepherd joined WEKU in June 2023 as a staff reporter. He most recently worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as General Assignment Reporter. In that role, he collected interviews and captured photos in the northern region of West Virginia. Shepherd holds a master’s degree in Digital Marketing Communication and a bachelor’s in music from West Virginia University.
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