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Pertussis Outbreak in Butte

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Butte-Silver Bow County currently has the most confirmed cases of Pertussis per capita in the state.

Since June 6, 26 cases of the illness, also known as Whooping Cough, are confirmed, putting the yearly total at 28.

Public health officials say they normally see 1-2 cases per year, making this outbreak highly unusual.

Prior to the start of school, students without the TDAP vaccine were vaccinated.

Although vaccinations continue to be administered, public health officials say they expect the highly contagious illness to grow.

"Typically Pertussis will peak in March and September," said Butte-Silver Bow County Nurse Karen Maloughney. "Those are the two months where you will typically have more cases. With them being confined in a classroom setting, it's an easier place for the Pertussis bacteria to transmit."

Pertussis is usually found in children, but cases in Butte have been confirmed in people ages 3 to 94.

Health officials say both children and adults should receive the vaccination.

They add you can get vaccinated at the county health department or through your local health care provider.

 

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