Whooping Cough Confirmed In Ector County 9/16/13
September 16th, 2013
Medical Center Hospital officials have confirmed with CBS 7 that this years first case Pertussis has been confirmed and four others are most likely to be positive.
Officials say this is a steep jump from only having two confirmed cases last year. Doctors say this is an extremely contagious disease, but easy to treat if caught early.
You are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible once a normal cough turns difficult to deal with. MCH Medical Doctor Lawrence Voesack says "With whooping cough, you feel like you lose control, like you can't stop coughing until the episode has stopped."
Whooping cough is most serious among children and the elderly. The caccination against whooping cough tends to lessen after a few years. Doctors suggest Teenagers and adults get a booster shot to avoid contracting this disease.
UPDATE 10:00 p.m. --
CBS 7 has confirmed, Ector County has itís first case of whooping cough. Medical Center Hospital officials say they are treating the first case of Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, in their urgent care. As of September 10th, there were 2,160 cases of whooping cough in Texas. Stay with CBS 7 and CBS7.com for more details.