Whooping Cough Hits Nevada County

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Nevada County has a wide spread outbreak of whooping cough.

A dozen children at seven different schools have gone home sick with the disease. Parents and teachers are on high alert.

“Before they show symptoms, they will actually be incubating the bacteria and be able to spread it for about 10 days,” said Tex Ritter, Nevada County’s director of public health.

“It’s coughs and coughs and coughs they can’t breathe they are wheezing they can’t get their breath they turn blue its frightening to watch,” said Sherry Dunn, with the Nevada County Public Health.

Nevada County has the lowest percentage of its population vaccinated against the disease in California. They are hoping to change that with education.

“They think these vaccine-preventable diseases have been eradicated when, actually, they haven’t the only reason we don’t see them is because we have vaccine,” Dunn said.

If you need a vaccine, you can go to your local drug store or doctor’s office. It takes two weeks in your system before you are totally protected.

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