Montana Health News

Jan 25, 2013 10:13 AM by Katy Harris - MTN News

Anaconda sees 5th whooping cough case

ANACONDA- No cases of whooping cough have been reported in Silver Bow County, but another case has popped up in Anaconda.

Five people have now been confirmed to carry the illness in Anaconda, and the newest case is in a 13-year-old student.

Anaconda Deer Lodge Public Health Department Director Heidi Nielsen says she received a phone call from the state health department Wednesday night. They confirmed that the teenager's test results came back positive for Pertussis.

Nielsen is busy creating a list of people that may have come into contact with that student.

Last summer an isolated pertussis case prompted several adults to get vaccinated against the illness.

"Most people have taken a great initiative and have gotten immunized. Last June we had a Pertussis case and so we had a lot of our adult population coming in and getting immunization at that time," Nielsen said.

She added that if you or your child is under the weather to please stay home until you see a health care provider to prevent further spread of Pertussis.

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