Greendale battles whooping cough outbreak

CREATED Nov 30, 2012

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GREENDALE - An unusually high number of pertussis cases in Greendale has parents concerned.

"It's a concern," said Bob Rome.  "Obviously with being as contagious as it can be."

Greendale Health Officer Susan Shepeard noted that the city averages 15 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, per year.  Greendale has already seen 45 since January 1, 2012.

"Right now it's primarily school aged children in that age range," Shepeard added.  "The best thing parents can do is make sure their children are vaccinated."

She also warned parents to keep their children home when they have flu-like symptoms to avoid spreading pertussis any further.

"You hope we can isolate it and catch it early enought so it doesn't spread too far and get too widespread throughout the community and the school," Rome said.