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2009-07-02Daviess County, MO |  By: Prokes

Pertussis Outbreaks in Daviess

That's according to Cheryl Alexander, Davies County

Health Department Administrator.

Alexander emphatically urges people and their children to

seek immunization at their local health departments.

Alexander reports people who contract pertussis have

painful coughing spasms accompanied by a loud "whooping"

sound. It is highly contagious, so Alexander urges infected

people to stay home so as not to spread sickness through

coughing and sneezing.