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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The health department warns people about an outbreak of a dangerous illness. It wants parents to protect their children against pertussis or whooping cough.

There are multiple cases in young children in Cairo. Pertussis begins like a cold with a runny nose, sneezing, and a mild fever.

It can progress and cause coughing fits so bad that babies could turn blue in the face.  It also makes it difficult for them to eat or drink.

"They develop this severe cough with a whooping sound where they try to catch their breath. They can also have vomiting. Little babies can get quite sick, pneumonia, even swelling on the brain and they can actually die," said Southwest District Health Director Jacqueline Grant.

The health department notified parents who have children in day care centers where kids have become sick. They encourage all parents to make sure children are up to date on pertussis vaccinations. 

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