WIUM Local
6:38 pm
Thu May 5, 2005

Whooping Cough in Lee County

Fort Madison, IA – The Lee County Health Department is dealing with another outbreak of whooping cough. 17 cases have been reported since mid-April. 16 of those involve the Central Lee School District. Health Department Administrator Julie Schilling says the symptoms include a runny nose, prolonged coughing spells, and vomitting. She says people with these symptoms should contact their physician. Schilling says someone can remain contagious unless he or she receives antibiotics for five days.