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Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Upstate

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Clemson Elementary School has sent a letter and placed phone calls to notify parents of a confirmed case of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, at the school. Clemson Elementary School has sent a letter and placed phone calls to notify parents of a confirmed case of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, at the school.
Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In The Upstate  - September 6, 2013

State Health Officials say they're seeing an increase in whooping cough in the Upstate.

Pertussis, is incredibly contagious but the Department of Health and Environmental Control says it can be prevented with a Tdap vaccine. The vaccine protects against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis.

Whooping Cough cases have been reported in other areas of the state, with the year-to-date total statewide of probable and confirmed cases being 136

Recently, cases have been reported in five Anderson County Schools, an Anderson County Summer Day Camp and Clemson Elementary in Pickens County.

So far this year there have been 24 confirmed and probable cases in Anderson County and 4 confirmed and probable cases in Pickens County.

"As soon as they start back to school the germs start spreading, they start getting everything, so it's very important to have all the immunizations," says Jeri Cameron, a mom of a 10 year old.

A new law now requires 7th graders to have an additional shot to prevent pertussis. It's a Tdap Booster Shot. Children are already required to have a Tdap vaccine before starting school but health officials say it can wear off in 5-10 years.

DHEC says they're continuing to investigate cases in Anderson and Pickens Counties. They're working to identify anyone who may have been exposed and determine whether they need treatment.

Whooping Cough Case Confirmed At Clemson Elementary - September 3, 2013

Clemson Elementary School has sent a letter and placed phone calls to notify parents of a confirmed case of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, at the school.  

State health officials told the school about the case on Tuesday.  

The Department of Health and Environmental Control  says other students may have been exposed between August 20 and 30.  

Parents are advised to be on the lookout for symptoms of pertussis, which include two different stages.  

Stage one begins like a cold with a runny nose, sneezing and a cough.  The cough could slowly get worse after a week or two.  

The second stage is marked by uncontrolled coughing spells and a whooping noise when the person inhales.  Gagging or vomiting is also possible.  If you have any questions, call DHEC's Upstate Public Health Office at 864-372-3133.

Whooping Cough Cases Reported In Anderson Co. - August 30, 2013

State health officials say several cases of whooping cough have been reported in Anderson County.

Confirmed cases have involved children in a summer day camp and five elementary schools. The Department of Health and Environmental Control also says multiple cases have been identified in infants and toddlers.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease that is most dangerous to infants. It can prevent an infant from being able to breathe or eat, and can cause brain damage or pneumonia.

Infants are often infected with the disease by adolescents and adults who are carrying it.

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