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Ector County Confirms First Case of Whooping Cough

By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9
ECTOR COUNTY- Whooping cough is spreading rapidly in Texas with rates growing to numbers higher than we've seen in over 50 years and now Ector County has its first confirmed case.

"So this gentleman came in last week and I decided to test him for pertussis, it takes four days to get the test back this morning showing that he is positive," Lawrence Voesack, M.D. with Medical Center Hospital, said.

The patient is 42 years old and Doctor Voesack says he believes the vaccination most people receive as a child is not life long.

"You get these people who are over 40 and its been so many years since they have had their vaccination and it's just not effective for them anymore," Voesack said.

Voesack also says he thinks the outbreak will affect college campuses.

"I think that we are going to see a resurgence where schools are going to require or college level schools will require a proof on immunization before they will allow admission because of the number of cases that we are seeing year to year," Voesack said.

If you're feeling under the weather, there are a few things you should be looking out for.

"Runny nose, headache, sneeze, I feel like I got the flu. They are sick like that for a week and then they get better. And then a couple of weeks later, they come down with this cough that people might describe it as a coughing fit like they just can't control it," Voesack said.

If you are experiencing those symptoms, you should go see a doctor. NewsWest 9 has that at least four other people were tested on Monday for whooping cough.
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