Fairfield County sees increase in whooping cough cases

FAIRFIELD COUNTY (WCMH) — There has been an outbreak of pertussis in Fairfield County, with the most significant jump in next the last 3 weeks.

Better known as whooping cough, Fairfield County health officials tell NBC4 since September 23rd, they have seen 52 total cases.

Most of those cases have been high-school aged children, and none of the cases are considered to be severe cases.

According to David Ball, spokesperson for Pickerington North Local School District, 51 students have been out sick over the past couple of months with confirmed cases of pertussis or whooping cough.

“It can be a transmitted a lot of times by groups of students,” he said. “You’ll have athletic groups who maybe spend more time together, on buses together, or in locker rooms. They’re in close quarters and things like that.”

Lindsay Smith has a son who is a freshman at Pickerington North high school.

She said she has been trying hard to keep her son healthy.

“I definitely told him to make sure he keeps his hands washed and I Lysol everything,” explained Smith.

This number of cases is quite a jump from the last few years.

In 2013, the health department tells NBC4 they had 40 total cases for the entire year.

That number in 2014 was even lower, just 19 for the year.

Health officials recommend if you or your children are showing signs of not feeling well, coughing, make sure you keep them home and be seen by a doctor.

Hand washing is the most effective way to keep many of these problems away, and make sure you are wiping down surfaces where an ill person had touched or coughed.

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