Rise in pertussis prompts health alert from city Health Department - LubbockOnline.com

Growing numbers of cases of pertussis confirmed within the city of Lubbock prompted the Health Department to issue a health alert Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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The cough is characterized by a “whooping” sound made while trying to inhale as a result of oxygen being pushed out of the lungs, said Richard Lampe, professor and chairman of the department of pediatrics at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, who specializes in pediatric infectious disease.

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