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Whooping Cough still causing trouble in southwest GA

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  School systems across southwest Georgia are warning parents about Whooping Cough.

One case is confirmed in Mitchell County Schools and they're waiting on test results for several other people. Pertussis is usually mild in older children and adults, but can cause serious problems in children under a year old. It's easily spread through the air by coughing. If you haven't received a vaccine, health officials say you should get a booster.

"If you're an adolescent or an adult who hasn't had a Pertussis vaccine in the last three years there's a booster that you can get. Those are available through your family care provider or through public health," said the Southwest Georgia Health District's Director of Nursing.

If your child comes down with cold symptoms including a cough, you should talk to your health care provider. Notices have also been sent to doctors in the area to be on alert for the disease.

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