KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — With kids heading back to school, health officials are concerned about the pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak.
Since July 8th, there have been 25 confirmed cases, which brings the total in Klamath County to 37 since the beginning of the year.
Infectious disease experts consider Klamath County to have an active on-going community-wide pertussis outbreak, which could worsen as kids head back to school.
Immunization against pertussis does fade or wear off over time; it’s being recommended that children over the age of four receive a DTAP booster now. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria. It is life-threating to infants.