Health officials track whooping cough in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. -- Four cases of whooping cough were reported in Lane County over the past two weeks and health officials say they are reaching near epidemic levels.

While only four cases may not sound like a lot, Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health says that pertussis - otherwise known as whooping cough - is very contagious.

"Whooping cough has an incredibly high transmission rate. For every one case up to 16 other cases result," Davis said.

Davis says that the uncontrollable cough caused by pertussis can be deadly, though it is generally infants and the elderly that are at the greatest risk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent whooping cough is immunization.

Spring 2013 Pertussis Immunization (TDAP) Clinics: all for uninsured adults age 19 and up

  • Lane Community College Student Club Fair - Wed. & Thursday, April 17-18 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

  • Head Start Whiteaker Site Family Fit & Fun Night - Thursday, April 25 5-7 p.m.

  • Occupy Eugene Medical Bus: Park Blocks - Sunday, May 5 12:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Science Factory - Saturday, May 11 1-2 p.m.

  • Bethel School Health Center - Tuesday, May 14th 4-6 p.m.

  • South Lane-Cottage Grove HS Cafeteria - Wednesday, May 15th 4-6 p.m.