whooping cough on rise in tucson and across arizona
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Reporter: Greg Gurule
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pertussis, which is also known as Whooping Cough is spreading faster than usual in Tucson, Pima County and all across Arizona.The state has seen a 300 to 400 percent rise in the disease in the last few years. Pima county has registered some 51 known cases so far this year. That's up from 46 cases in all of 2012.
Tucson Medical Center alone has has treated 8 cases since May. The hospital says it would normally have handled one case over that period of time. Patients are checked in specialized isolation rooms which are sanitized thoroughly after each visit to minimize the spread of the disease.
Whooping Cough is especially dangerous for very young children and older people. The disease can trigger uncontrollable coughing fits than can lead to breathing problems, vomiting, convulsions and even rib fractures and pneumonia. Doctors and nurses say it's critical to keep vaccinations up to date and to see a medical professional when you suspect you have Pertussis.