Reported cases of 'whooping cough' increases in East Texas

Reported cases of 'whooping cough' increases in East Texas
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POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:27am

Additional cases of 'whooping cough'-- or pertussis --have been reported in East Texas this week. The total count for the state as of September 10 is 2,160, according to the Texas Department of Health.

The exact number as of today is not known as more cases have been recently discovered.

On September 3, the state issued an advisory for whooping cough after projections showed the number of people sick with the deadly disease this year is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.

The state health department also strongly encourages people to make sure their children’s and their own vaccinations are up to date. While infants remain the most at risk, people of all ages can still get pertussis.

Pertussis is a bacterial infection that often starts with cold-like symptoms and a mild cough. After a week or two, severe coughing can begin and last for several weeks. Coughing fits may be followed by vomiting or a “whooping” sound, the reason the disease is also called “whooping cough.” Pertussis spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. People with pertussis are most contagious while they have cold-like symptoms and during the first two weeks after coughing starts.

See below for a breakdown of each county in Texas by alphabetic order. Counties in the East Texas area have been bolded. Counties with no cases have not been listed.

  • Andrews County - 1
  • Angelina County - 1
  • Atascosa County - 16
  • Bandera County - 4
  • Bastrop County - 6
  • Baylor County - 1
  • Bee County - 2
  • Bell County - 4
  • Bexar County - 69
  • Blanco County - 5
  • Brazoria County - 12
  • Brazos County - 4
  • Brooks County - 1
  • Brown County - 8
  • Burleson County - 1
  • Burnet County - 1
  • Caldwell County - 1
  • Callahan County - 2
  • Cameron County - 52
  • Cass County - 1
  • Castro County - 1
  • Cherokee County - 1
  • Coleman County - 1
  • Collin County - 120
  • Comal County - 11
  • Cooke County - 4
  • Coryell County - 3
  • Crosby County - 2
  • Dallas County - 233
  • Deaf Smith County - 3
  • Denton County - 151
  • Eastland County - 8
  • Ector County - 2
  • El Paso County - 36
  • Ellis County - 9
  • Erath County - 5
  • Fannin County - 3
  • Fayette County - 2
  • Fort Bend County - 11
  • Frio County - 1
  • Galveston County - 8
  • Grayson County - 2
  • Gregg County - 2
  • Grimes County - 1
  • Guadalupe County - 9
  • Hale County - 2
  • Hamilton County - 3
  • Harris County - 182
  • Hays County - 5
  • Henderson County - 5
  • Hidalgo County - 147
  • Hill County - 2
  • Hockley County - 1
  • Hood County - 6
  • Hopkins County - 1
  • Howard County - 3
  • Hunt County - 4
  • Jack County - 1
  • Jefferson County - 2
  • Jim Wells County - 2
  • Johnson County - 28
  • Jones County - 5
  • Karnes County - 3
  • Kaufman County - 13
  • Kendall County - 1
  • Kleberg County - 2
  • Lamar County - 2
  • Lamb County - 4
  • Lavaca County - 1
  • Lee County - 1
  • Limestone County - 1
  • Llano County - 1
  • Lubbock County - 27
  • Martin County - 1
  • Matagorda County - 1
  • Maverick County - 1
  • McLennan County - 5
  • Medina County - 2
  • Midland County - 22
  • Milam County - 3
  • Mitchell County - 10
  • Montague County - 6
  • Montgomery County - 28
  • Moore County - 4
  • Navarro County - 1
  • Nolan County - 3
  • Nueces County - 12
  • Palo Pinto County - 2
  • Panola County - 1
  • Parker County - 24
  • Parmer County - 2
  • Pecos County - 1
  • Polk County - 2
  • Potter County - 4
  • Randall County - 4
  • Rockwall County - 10
  • Runnels County - 1
  • San Jacinto County - 1
  • San Patricio County - 4
  • Smith County - 19
  • Starr County - 42
  • Swisher County - 3
  • Tarrant County - 442
  • Taylor County - 3
  • Titus County - 1
  • Tom Green County - 12
  • Travis County - 141
  • Tyler County - 1
  • Upshur County - 5
  • Uvalde County - 3
  • Van Zandt County - 4
  • Walker County - 3
  • Ward County - 2
  • Washington County - 2
  • Webb County - 12
  • Wharton County - 2
  • Wichita County - 1
  • Wilbarger County - 1
  • Willacy County - 4
  • Williamson County - 47
  • Wise County - 3
  • Wood County - 2
  • Yoakum County -1

 

ANGELINA COUNTY:
LESS THAN 5 (SHE WAS REALLY DEFENSIVE… ACTING LIKE I WAS FROM DATELINE TRYING TO EXPOSE “THE EPIDEMIC” OR SOMETHING. LOL)
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SMITH COUNTY:
2 CASES (ONE IN TYLER AND ONE LINDALE)
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GREGG COUNTY:
NONE
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RUSK:
NONE
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WOOD:
1 CASE
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NACOGDOCHES :
NOBODY ANSWERED THE PHONE

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CHEROKEE- 1

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HARRISON - NO ANSWER

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2160 reported cases in the entire state of Texas is an epidemic? Yet there are 2 million cases of autism in our country and that is not considered an epidemic. The vaccine given does not work well as it wears of really quick. most kids that get whooping cough are vaccinated. Kids not vaccinated have stronger immune systems and build up natural immunity. There is a pathogen that is very similar to whooping cough and causes the same symptoms, but is not covered in the vaccine currently given.

I am curious to know, of all reported cases, which ones were up to date on all vaccinations?

Vaccinate your children!!!

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