The Delaware Division of Public Health is working to address an ongoing pertussis — whooping cough — outbreak in the Kent County area, particularly in the Amish community.

DPH is encouraging all area medical professionals to be vigilant in looking for signs of the respiratory infection when evaluating a patient with new onset cough illness.

Health care professionals are encouraged to report known or suspected cases of pertussis promptly to the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 744-4990, fax to 223-1540 or email to