COLUMBUS, OH — City and county health officials are concerned over a spike in pertussis, also known as whooping cough
, and are urging doctors to be on the lookout for it, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
They also want older children and adults to get booster shots to protect against infection, the article noted.
Spikes in pertussis usually are seen in the fall and winter, when school is in session, so the increase in the past few weeks has been troubling because summer is usually a quieter time, the article stated.
According to the article, infants are at particular risk because their immune systems aren''t yet equipped to deal with the infection.
Infants who contract the disease can die: So far, no deaths have been reported in Columbus this year, Dr. Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, the city''s medical director, said, but a handful of babies have been hospitalized.
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