Six cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Greene County.
The cases were confirmed in the past couple of days, according to the Greene County Combined Health District. They are the latest to spur concerns of an outbreak in the region.
Last week Dayton Children’s Hospital issued a statement after it saw 13 children diagnosed with whooping cough or pertussis in just 10 days. The hospital asked the public to be on alert for the highly contagious disease.
Children congregating at swimming pools and summer camps provide outlets for the illness to be passed around, said health officials.
The children who have the disease and were seen at the hospital range in ages from two months to 14-years-old. They come from Montgomery, Greene and Warren counties with the largest concentration in Dayton and Kettering.
“Pertussis is an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria most often found in infants and young children,” Sherman Alter, MD, director of infectious disease at Dayton Children’s, said. “It is very contagious and easily spreads.”