Pertussis “Whooping Cough” continues to rise

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DOBSON, N.C. -- An elderly man is the latest to test positive for pertussis in Surry County. 

In the past two months, 11 people have tested positive for the highly contagious bacterial disease commonly known as Whooping Cough.

"It can very quickly spread and affect a lot of people -- from just one positive case," said Jessica Jessup with the Surry County Health Department. 

The department is encouraging anyone 18 and older to get vaccinated to help keep from carrying the disease to children. 

"All the children that are getting pertussis are contracting it from adult care givers, grandparents, parents," said Jessup.

The county health department is holding the following free vaccine clinics:

  • Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m. Rainbow Child Care, Mount Airy
  • Oct. 1, 3-6p.m. at Mount Airy Drug
  • Oct. 19 10 a.m. to noon at SCC Elkin Center
  • Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to noon at Human Services Building, Mount Airy
  • Nov. 2 10 a.m. to noon at Pilot Center, Pilot Mountain

Contact your local health department for more on receiving the free vaccine.

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