Whooping Cough Increases in Hardin County

According to the Lincoln Trail District Health Departments website, Whooping Cough is on the rise in Hardin County.

Hardin County has seen a slight increase in the number of pertussis cases over the past month. Pertussis also known as whooping cough is very contagious. It is spread easily through the air when a person coughs, sneezes, or shares another individual’s breathing space for an extended period of time. Pertussis usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a mild cough or fever. In babies, the cough can be minimal or not even there. These symptoms can last from 1-2 weeks. After 1-2 weeks symptoms progress to paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound. The “whoop” is often not there if you have milder (less serious) disease. The infection is generally milder in teens and adults, especially those who have gotten the pertussis vaccine. Other symptoms can include vomiting (throwing up) during or after coughing fits, and exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits. The best way to prevent pertussis among babies, children, teens, and adults is to get vaccinated. Also, keep babies and other people at high risk for pertussis complications away from infected people. Lastly, consult your provider if you have been exposed, have symptoms, and are unsure of your vaccination status. Click on this link from the CDC to learn more about Pertussis

Click to watch a news coverage video by WDRB interviewing Terrie Burgan with the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.  Currently the rise has been seen highest in teens. “At least 11 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been diagnosed in the past few months. There were eight last year. A Hardin County Schools spokesperson said one student at Central Hardin High School and one at West Hardin Middle School have confirmed diagnoses that were alerted to the district over Christmas break.” – WDRB.com

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