Lincoln health officials seeing unprecedented number of whooping cough casesDavid Frank October 21, 2019 0 COMMENTS
STORY.. WHOOPING COUGH OR PERTUSSIS CASES — REACH RECORD NUMBERS — IN THE LINCOLN-LANCASTER COUNTY– HEALTH OFFICALS — SO FAR — HAVE 110 CONFIRMED CASES AND THE NUMBER IS GROWING. TONIGHT HOW THE HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE — IS LITERALLY KEEPING ONE LINCOLN FAMILY – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. KETV NEWSWATCH SEVEN’S ANDREW OZAKI IS ON THE HEALTH WATCH — IN THE BIG STORY AT SIX. A FACE TIME INTERVIEW… THAT’S AS FACE TO FACE AS YOU WILL GET WITH THE HENKEL FAMILY IN LINCOLN THESE DAYS. ON TUESDAY 16 YEAR OLD GRIFFIN FOUND OUT HE HAD A HIGHLY CONTEGIOUS DISEASE.( Todd Henkel: Said he’s got Pertussis or Whooping cough. ) AND THAT MEANT EVEN THOUGH SYMPTIMATIC OR CONTEGIOUS… IT WAS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.( Deb Henkel: it is a terrible gift to give so we don’t want to give this to anybody.) TO BE SAFE THEY EVEN LEFT GIFTS THEY WERE GOING TO BRING TO RELATIVES OUT ON THEIR PORCH.( Griffin Henkel: And had them come pick it up. The didn’t say hi or nothing the picked it up and drove off. ) NO ONE APPREICATES THAT MORE THAN THIS YEAR THEY’VE HAD 110 CONFIRMED CASES OF WHOOPING COUGH.( Tim Timmons: It’s the highest we had recorded. The last we numbers even close to that was in 2005 and we had 87. ) PERTUSSIS OUTBREAKS ARE OCCURING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HEALTH OFFICAILS SAY THE VACINNATION…WHICH KIDS ARE SUPPOSED TO GET 4 DOSES BY AGE 2, ANOTHER WHEN THEY ENTER GRADE SCHOOL AND A BOOSTER SHOT AT HIGH SCHOOL… APPARENTLY WEARS OFF.( Tim Timmons: The immunity doesn’t seem to last as long maybe 3 to 4 years. ) THAT’S WHY SO MANY MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS LIKE GRIFFIN SEEM TO BE GETTING THE DISEASE EVEN WHEN Henkel: Lots of coughing that ended in a head ache. ) THE FAMILY HAS TRIED TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE SITUATION. PLAYING GAMES, WATCHING TV TOGETHER EVEN WRITING GRIFFIN NOTES.( Elie Henkel: I soon and I was sad he had it. ) THE MEDICATION AND PLENTY OF FLUIDS SEEM TO BE WORKING. GRIFFIN SHOULD BE SAFE TO GO OUT IN A FEW MORE DAYS. UNTIL THEN THEY HAVE THIS MESSAGE( Henkel Family: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We’ll see you soon. ) IN LINCOLN ANDREW OZAKI KETV NEWSWATCH SEVEN. THE HENKELS HAVE SOME ADVICE TO FAMILIES. WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY, AND COVER YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH. THEY’RE GLAD — THEY TOOK GRIFFIN TO SEE A DOCTOR. THEY WENT IN — AWAY — AND HE STARTED TO HAVE HEADACHES AND A HIGH FEVER. COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.. THEY SAID — THEY HAVE — VERY FEW CASES. THE áFLU, THOUGH — áIS CAUSING PROBLEMS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY.. WITH AT LEAST 20-NEW CASES EVERY DAY. 181-CONFIRMED CASES – THIS WEEK ALONE. THOSE ARE JUST THE PATIENTS WHO ARE SICK ENOUGH TO GO INTO THE DOCTOR. DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS TELL US THE FLU IS MORE WIDESPREAD THAN LAST YEAR. AT TEN.. HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM THE FLU.