Brown Co. Health Department: Three cases of pertussis in Brown County reported in the last three weeks

POSTED: 7:44 PM Dec 20 2013   UPDATED: 7:46 PM Dec 20 2013
Pertussis in Brown County
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

According to the Brown County Health Center, there have been three reported Pertussis cases in Brown County in the last three weeks.

Pertussis is also known as whooping cough.

The health department's Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Cliff Karnes said so far this year, as of Dec. 16th, there have been 3,482 Pertussis cases across the state. 

"The last time the number was this high was in 1959," Karnes said.

Karnes said often times people could have the virus and not be aware of it. Some of the symptoms include coughing, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a fever. "That's at the beginning. After about two weeks, the coughing can become very severe. It's not as bad for adults as it is for babies."

He encourages everyone to get a vaccination as the first preventative measure. It is also important to keep hands clean.

The department's LVN and outreach specialist Donna Miller said since babies are too young to get the shot, they should be kept away from people who are sick.

To get a shot or to get more information, you can call the department at (325) 643-3793.