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Sedgwick County sees cases of influenza, whooping cough and norovirus

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 9:52 a.m.

The flu still is going around Sedgwick County, as is whooping cough and a stomach flu called norovirus.

The Sedgwick County Health Department regularly updates illnesses that are “coming and going around” the county.

On this week’s list is influenza, pertussis (whooping cough) and norovirus.

Health department director Claudia Blackburn said Thursday morning that the flu is normal for this time of year but whooping cough is not.

“Norovirus comes and goes,” she said.

Early symptoms of whooping cough are similar to that of a common cold: runny nose, a hacking cough and a low-grade fever, the county’s website, www.sedgwickcounty.org, says.

Severe coughing plagues pertussis patients after one to two weeks.

The illness typically lasts four to six weeks.

The health department has free flu shots for uninsured adults. Shots for uninsured children are provided on a sliding fee scale and to children with Medicaid, Children’s Mercy or Unicare.

More information about flu shots at the health department is available by calling 316-660-7300.

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