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Public health reports an increase in cases of whooping cough in the Fargo region



Fargo, North Dakota – With 12 instances recorded in the last month, pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is spreading quickly throughout Cass County. There are usually just eight occurrences in a given year.

According to Fargo Cass Public Health, those who have pertussis typically infect others by sneezing or coughing while near them. It is one of the most prevalent diseases in the nation that can be prevented by vaccination and is very contagious.

All infants, children, preteens, and expectant mothers should have the pertussis immunization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to the pertussis vaccination, those who have never had a TDAP shot should also receive one to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.