- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Reno County health officials say the number of suspected cases of whooping cough has risen lately, but the spread is slowing.

The Hutchinson News reports (https://bit.ly/1OwmP80 ) the whooping cough outbreak in Reno County began in early May. So far this year, 331 pertussis cases have been confirmed in 38 Kansas counties, with Reno County reporting the most.

There were 120 suspected cases at last count two weeks ago in Reno County. The number of laboratory confirmed pertussis cases in the county as of Oct. 3, was 92.

Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti says the county has received a report of on another suspected case of whooping cough recently, but that the spread is slowing down and there have only been sporadic cases reported in schools.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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