Lewiston Tribune: Whooping Cough Break-Out in Idaho County

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Health officials in central Idaho are pointing to families whose children haven't been vaccinated for a breakout of whooping cough.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports Megan Wilson, a nurse practitioner at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood and Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino said several diagnoses of pertussis—whooping cough—have been confirmed. Two new cases were reported this week.

"We've had several positive cases here in our community, Wilson told the Tribune, adding the  outbreak was occurring in families with children who aren't vaccinated.

"Idaho County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the entire state," Wilson said. "There is this population in Idaho County [that reads and hears negative reports] that are not evidence-based, but a lot of people take that as gospel."

Health officials remind the public that pertussis is a highly communicable disease that is spread through the air.