whooping cough


The Winnebago County Health Department is investigating a pertussis outbreak. It’s associated with cases in Rockford Public Schools. The cases are in seven schools including Auburn and Jefferson high schools; West Middle School; and Carlson, Haskell, Riverdahl and West View elementary schools. The outbreak has affected at least two dozen people aged 2 to 42 years of age.

Todd Kisner, with the health department, says those affected are being treated with antibiotics.

Flickr user Mike Mozart / "Whooping Cough Shots Sign CVS Parking Lot, 8/2014 by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube" (CC BY 2.0)

Whooping cough might be evolving to outsmart the current vaccine. 

That’s according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Researchers says the changing strains may have serious consequences in future outbreaks, but stress the vaccine remains highly effective in protecting the most vulnerable babies.

Illinois part of whooping cough trend

Jul 23, 2012

Nationally, rates of "pertussis" are up.  And Illinois is no exception. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports just over one thousand cases of the disease known as "whooping cough" already this year.