Posted: Jul 13, 2012 7:35 PM by KPAX News Staff
Updated: Jul 14, 2012 8:42 AM
MISSOULA- Health official say just because summer is here, doesn't mean pertussis, or whooping cough, will go away.
There are 17 confirmed cases in Missoula County as of July 12th with the Missoula County Health Department website says it's currently working with 576 people who have been exposed to pertussis.
Experts say vigilance is very important to protect children during summer gatherings, camps and other events. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread of the disease, and if a loved one has had a cough for more than a few days, it's best to see a doctor.