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Tom James: Don’t let COVID-19 pandemic create an epidemic of measles or other preventable diseases

Delayed haircuts, “drive-by” birthday parties, staycations – these will be common 2020 family memories. Don’t let measles, chickenpox, whooping cough, or other preventable diseases become part of the memory. I’m a practicing pediatrician who is old enough to remember treating children for bacterial meningitis and rotovirus before a vaccine was readily available. Several patients had mild...

Health Department alerts parents of confirmed pertussis case at Frederick Douglass High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Fredrick Douglass High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the 12th confirmed case in Lexington in 2019 and the fourth for the 2019-20 school year. FDHS had another case reported in October. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of...

Pertussis (whooping cough) case confirmed at another school; highly contagious respiratory illness

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the third confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier cases were at Tates Creek High School and Henry Clay High School.   Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all...

Health Department alerting parents of confirmed pertussis case at Henry Clay High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Henry Clay High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the second confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier case was at Tates Creek High School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants...

Fayette County Health Department says another case of whooping cough confirmed at Veterans Park

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Veterans Park Elementary School and a Lexington daycare facility of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. There are now 11 confirmed cases in Lexington, with the remaining cases all being at Clays Mill Elementary School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects...

Lexington Health Department alerts parents to new pertussis cases at Clays Mill Elementary

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is continuing to work closely with Fayette County Public Schools following three new confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, at Clays Mill Elementary School. There are now five total confirmed cases, following previous reports from Jan. 20 and Jan. 31. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects...

Second case of whooping cough confirmed by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents of Clays Mill Elementary School of a second confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. An earlier case had been reported Jan. 20. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants and those with chronic diseases. The early symptoms...

Preventable whooping cough cases on the rise in Jefferson County, statewide; vaccinations urged

Kentucky experienced a rise in reported cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, at the end of 2015, with public health officials reporting 87 cases of the illness between August and December. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by bacteria and is transmitted through respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing or talking. This vaccine-preventable disease can be deadly...

Several cases of whooping cough confirmed
in Scott Co.; parents urged to know symptoms

Staff report   With confirmation of 13 cases of whooping cough – or pertussis – in school-age children in Scott County, health officials are advising parents to be aware of the symptoms of this serious respiratory infection.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whopping cough is caused by the pertussis bacteria and causes violent coughing that often cannot be...