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Health officials investigate case of whooping cough

We received an inquiry from a reader who said there was an outbreak of whooping cough -- or, pertussis -- at Genesee Community College.

We contacted Randy Garney, interim director of the Genesee County Health Department, who said no cases have been reported in Genesee County. However, he was aware of a case being reported in Wyoming County.

Laura Paolucci, public health administrator for Wyoming County, issued the following statement:

The Wyoming County Health Department has confirmed a case of pertussis for an individual that is a resident of Wyoming County and a student at GCC. The individual received appropriate treatment. The GCC Health Services Office was notified, provided information on pertussis and instructed to contact the health department with questions or concerns. There have been no further cases reported or identified.

Physicians are required to report diagnosed cases of pertussis to county health officials.

Doug Yeomans
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Joined: Feb 13 2009
Recently I had to have an tetanus booster and they talked me into getting the pertussis booster along with it. It's a combination vaccine and it made me so ill I thought I'd been hit by a truck. I felt like I was being drawn and quartered by a team of horses. Maybe that's better than getting pertussis but still, fair warning about the combination vaccine.
Melissa George
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Joined: Jun 13 2008
i had the combo shot and only had a sore arm like getting a flu shot!
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