Neshoba Has Whooping Cough Outbreak

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

There is an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, in Neshoba County, Miss. State health officials say there have been more than fifty known cases there in the last few weeks.

It is highly contagious and can be very dangerous for young children.

Dr. Rebecca James of the Mississippi Health Department confirmed the number of cases and said it's certainly a high number for whooping cough.

Children are immunized for whooping cough before entering school, but she says children's immune systems don't always fight it off.

"So it starts off as a typical cold, but develops into a cough that sounds different than you would have with a normal respiratory illness," said Dr. Bret Boes of Riley Hospital.

Dr. James said cases of whooping cough have been noted in surrounding counties as well.

Dr. Boes says he has not seen any active cases at the Riley Hospital emergency room.

The most obvious symptom of whooping cough is intense coughing spells. Experts say there will normally be four to five coughs at a time, followed by a deep breath. Other symptoms are runny nose, severe upper respiratory congestion and low grade fever.


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  • by B Location: Neshoba on Aug 20, 2007 at 06:30 AM
    The Neshoba County Gin (feedmill) office employees have Whooping Cough and are having to take treatments. Is there more we can do?
  • by B Location: Mississippi on Aug 16, 2007 at 05:25 PM
    Thank you for airing this story. School officials at Neshoba Central are being very closed-mouth about it.Parents and community need to know what's going on.
  • by L on Aug 16, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    Whooping Cough is very serious and can and sadly does kill young babies,i HOPE MORE PEOPLE WILL GO IN AND RECEIVE THE RECOMMENDED tDAP booster.
  • by WTOK Location: Meridian on Aug 16, 2007 at 08:51 AM
    One other note. The story that aired Aug. 15 on TV and was posted here is a separate story from the July 13 story. They just both involve whooping cough and Neshoba County.
  • by WTOK Location: Meridian on Aug 16, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    The story was not "pulled". It aired on our TV broadcasts July 13 and appears on this site under "Tribe Treats Whooping Cough Cases". It was posted July 13.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2007 at 05:55 AM
    i actually have a question. why was this story pulled the first time? (during the choctaw indian fair) i know that a rn at a local hopital called in concerned that the public was not being made aware that there had been a recent death, the reporter that took that call (lindsey brown) told the woman if she was concerned that whooping cough was associated with the choctaw population, then she shouldn't go to the fair. who pulled the story, ms. brown or wtok?
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