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Updated: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 05:53:09 CST

Whooping Cough is going around in the Grand Island area.

News 5's Ginger ten Bensel has more in this week's edition of "What's Going Around."

Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that pertussis otherwise known as whooping cough is out there. She had three people from one family diagnosed with the illness.

In kids, whooping cough starts out like a cold. It starts with a runny nose, cough and fever.

The second stage of the illness includes a bad cough and the patient feels like he or she can't breathe.

They have short bursts of coughing along with the body taking a big whoop of air.  Patients with whooping cough can also experience vomiting.

Kutilek says it's important for pregnant women to get immunized with the whooping cough vaccination.

Every adult that is a caregiver for a new born baby should also have the pertussis vaccination.

The illness is very contagious.  In fact, you could carry the illness anywhere from seven to ten days to almost a month *without* symptoms.

Plus she is seeing other patients with gastroenteritis.

Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says bronchitis, tonsillitis and gastroenteritis are going around.

He also spoke about a recent outbreak of a rare strain of meningitis on the Princeton University campus.

School officials are moving forward with a plan to provide some of it's students a meningitis vaccine approved in Europe and Austrailia but not in the United States.

Johnson says that college kids are more prone to get meningitis because they typically are in close proximity to each other.

For more information you can go to our website at KHASTV dot com.

With what's going Around... I'm Ginger ten Bensel... News 5.


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