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Whooping Cough found in Bowling Green, Mo.

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The Pike County Missouri Health Department has confirmed a case of whooping cough in Bowling Green.

The Missouri Department of Health calls it a highly-contagious respiratory disease that most commonly affects infants.

Whooping cough is also called pertussis. Pertussis usually starts with cold or flu-like symptoms that are followed by increasingly severe bouts of coughing.

A vaccine is available. The childhood version is called DTaP , and is recommended for infants and children ages four to six. The adult booster vaccine is called Tdap .

More information is available by calling the Pike County Health Department at 573-324-2111 or visiting www.pikecountyhealth.org.

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