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Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, is currently widespread, with 1,514 cases in Wisconsin and as of June 14, 35 cases in Pierce County and 29 cases in St. Croix County. Cases with Pierce and St. Croix counties have been widespread and involving individuals from age 6 months to 55 years. Schools within the River Falls School District have multiple confirmed cases. Parents and individuals are encouraged to be on the lookout for symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic "once you become infected with whooping cough, it can take one to three weeks for signs and symptoms to appear.