Via the Dover Post: Whooping cough cluster identified in western Kent County by Delaware Division of Public Health. Excerpt:
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is investigating 48 confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in western Kent County among people in the Amish community.
In a press release today, DPH officials said they are working closely with the Amish community to offer vaccinations, treatment, and information.
DPH officials are also asking residents to report known or suspected cases of pertussis promptly to the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 1-888-295-5156 or fax information to (302) 223-1540.
Pertussis is generally treated with antibiotics and early treatment is very important, according to DPH. Treatment may make the infection less severe if it is started early, before coughing fits begin. Treatment also can help prevent spreading the disease to others.