11 cases of whooping cough confirmed; six originating from Extendicare

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Health Department officials have confirmed 11 cases of pertussis in the Houston and Henry County area.

In a previous report, the Extendicare Health and Rehabilitation Center confirmed five cases of the respiratory illness known as whooping cough.

Now, it has been found that were actually six that originated from Extendicare. One official said that the disease is not that unheard of as there are usually active cases in the state.

“Pertussis is always occurring,” said Johna Cotton with the Alabama Department of Public Health. “There’s always cases we have throughout the state.”

However, Extendicare tells us that the disease has been stopped thanks to the facility’s protocols.

“We just want to stress to that there’s no active cases of pertussis in the building,” said Nathan Chase, chief nursing officer.

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