Whooping cough reported in Coos County

    COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) The Coos County Public Health Department says four cases of whooping cough have been reported recently.

    The contagious disease, also known as pertussis, is characterized by coughing spasms followed by a high-pitched whooping sound. It can be complicated by pneumonia and ear infections, especially in infants.

    The county health department recommends routine immunizations for children under 7, youths who are at least 11 years old and adults who have not received a tetanus booster in more than five years.

    Antibiotics are recommended for prevention in infants older than a year, pregnant women in their third trimester, child care providers and pediatric health care workers.

    (Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.)

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