Whooping Cough Cases Identified In Broward County

The contagious respiratory disease was found in three school-age children and one adult.

By Karen Franklin
|  Saturday, Apr 14, 2012  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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The Broward County Health Department announced it confirmed four cases of Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, in the last few weeks.

The contagious respiratory disease was found in three school-age children and one adult, the department said. Numerous Florida counties have reported an increase in the disease since the start of the year and several states have experienced outbreaks.

Pertussis is spread through coughing and sneezing and produces cold-like symptoms followed by severe coughing. The coughing is sometimes followed by vomiting, the health department said.

Although vaccines are effective, people fully vaccinated can still get the disease. Pertussis is most dangerous to infants because it can cause a pause in breathing.

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