There is an outbreak of whooping cough, or Pertussis, in Cache County with four confirmed cases across three different schools. Bear River Health Department officials say whooping cough is highly contagious and is one of the most vaccine preventable diseases in the United States. Deputy Director Dr. Ed Redd describes the symptoms. “This illness presents itself oftentimes as just like an upper respiratory tract cold, or like people get the sniffles in their nose and a little bit of a cough maybe,” Dr. Redd explains. “And that’s the initial, how this disease presents. “It might just look like a little bit of a cold your child has but after a short amount of time, several days, children start to develop a cough that is very severe. They come in paroxysms, where they cough and can’t stop coughing. Often times, little children especially, will vomit or actually pass out.” He says if your child has these symptoms you should keep them home and contact your health care provider. Dr. Redd says whooping cough vaccine can safely and effectively prevent the disease.
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