WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo.– Officials with the Webster County Health Department told KOLR10 News that 15 people within the Amish community have confirmed cases of whooping cough.
Terry Banks with the health department said she was first notified about the whooping cough cases on May 11. Banks said health officials then contacted Amish leaders to provide help for the community.
On May 15, 189 people were immunized for a whooping cough and 30 were given measles, mumps, and rubella(MMR).
The need to immunize people was so great that health officials set up a second mobile clinic on May 19, immunizing 147 more members of the Amish community with more people also receiving MMR vaccines.
Banks also said that Cedar County may also be undergoing a similar scenario with the Amish population there, but was not able to say whether or not action had or will be taken by health officials there.
She did mention that Webster County officials offered to help out with any mobile clinics in Cedar County.