Updated: 3:36 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Posted: 3:11 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013
By Breaking News Staff
GREENE COUNTY —
What are the symptoms?
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, usually starts with flu-like symptoms - sneezing, dry cough, slight fever, loss of appetite or poor feeding. This is then followed by two to six weeks of coughing spells. Vomiting or spitting up mucus may occur after the coughing spells. Pertussis typically lasts six to 10 weeks.
Can pertussis be spread to others?
Pertussis is highly contagious and can be spread to other children and adults through close contact with an infected person. Germs often are spread by sneezing and coughing. If your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for pertussis take them to their primary care physician to be tested.
Who is at serious risk?
Children, especially infants, are at serious risk. Parents should take their children to a doctor immediately for treatment.
How is pertussis treated?
Pertussis is treated with antibiotics. This treatment will also help to keep from spreading the infection to others. Anyone in close contact may also need to take an antibiotic. If the symptoms get worse, children may be admitted to the hospital.
To prevent pertussis:
Source: Dayton Children’s Hospital