The Wyoming Department of Public Health issued a media release to advise the public that Pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough, may try to make its way around the state.
With an epidemic declared in Washington state and smaller numbers documented in localized areas of Montana as well, Wyoming is also seeing a slight uprise in incidences of the infection. Public Information Officer for the department, Kim Deti, said the best protection is vaccination.
Deti said infants are especially vulnerable to pertussis because they may not have had time to build up full immunity. immunity.
Wyoming has had ten confirmed cases of whooping cough, this year. During 2011, there were only 13 cases statewide in 2011, the last year for which statistics are available. Montana has had more than 90 cases reported so far this year. Pertussis vaccines are available in adequate numbers statewide at doctors' offices and public health clinics.