Jun 20, 2012 9:18 AM
EDGEWOOD (AP) - Health officials in northern Kentucky are expressing concern due to a rising number of whooping cough cases.
A statement from the Northern Kentucky Health Department on Wednesday urged vaccinations for infants and booster shots for older children and adults who spend time around infants.
The disease, also known as pertussis, can be severe for infants under the age of 1.
There have been 39 cases of whooping cough reported in northern Kentucky since January. Between 2003 and 2009, there was an average of 25 cases reported per year.
Early symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild cough, which turns into a persistent cough that comes in explosive bursts.
Vaccinations are available at the health department's four centers and several area pharmacies.
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