whooping cough

Heartland Health Monitor
11:50 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Measles, Pertussis Vex Kansas Health Workers As Ebola Steals Headlines

Pottawatomie County has seen a surge of pertussis cases this year, with more than 100 to date. The Pottawatomie County Health Department building, on Main Street in Westmoreland, is at far right.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

 

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some have had their hands full trying to convince people in their communities to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases like measles and pertussis.

Kansas has seen spikes in both illnesses this year, leading some health officials to issue orders of quarantine and others to ask people to voluntarily stay home.

Those requests were not always well-received.

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Health
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Interactive Map: Region Continues To Battle Whooping Cough Outbreak

Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, head of infectious disease at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Area health officials are cautioning that whooping cough, which notably broke out in Johnson County this past spring, continues to be a problem throughout the Kansas City region. 

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Health
11:13 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Johnson County Works To Contain Whooping Cough Outbreak

Pamphlets about whooping cough, on display inside Johnson County's vaccine clinic in Olathe.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Johnson County, Kansas is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak. It's not as bad as in Washington State, where they’ve declared an epidemic of the disease.  But health workers and schools in the region have been taking extra steps to get a handle on the disease.

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