A majority of the Reno County whooping cough outbreak cases have been vaccinated.

Published On: Jul 27 2015 02:37:41 PM CDT Updated On: Jul 30 2015 11:38:16 AM CDT

Reno County health officials are taking steps to help stall the spread of a whooping cough outbreak before school starts.

The county has more than 70 suspected whooping cough cases.

The Hutchinson News reports  that as of Friday, Reno County had 41 confirmed or probable cases of whooping cough, which accounts for 20 percent of all cases in the state. That was up from 18 on June 29.

Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti says the continued outbreak has health officials concerned about the possibility of a potential "micro-outbreak" once school starts again.

He says the county health department is working with school districts to prepare and hopes to have vaccination clinics set up for Buhler, Haven and Nickerson districts.

Eyewitness News spoke with an official with Hutchinson Schools' spokesman, Ray Hemman,  He says the district is working hand-in-hand with the health department to address the concerns.

Hemman says the cases the district has heard about were people who've been vaccinated.

The Reno County Health Department tells us a majority of the total cases have been vaccinated.


Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com