Black Hills medical facilities react to pertussis

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Medical clinics in the Black Hills are taking precautions because of an outbreak of pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

A medical clinic in Spearfish has put routine checkups on hold for young children because of an outbreak of pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic pediatrician Angela Anderson tells the Black Hills Pioneer that clinic staff have diagnosed 10 cases in the past two weeks, and the numbers are expected to rise.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Regional Hospital is restricting visitation at facilities in Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Custer, Lead and Deadwood.

The state Health Department late last week said 29 cases of pertussis had been reported statewide so far this year. More than one-third of the cases have been in the Black Hills.

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