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Casper, Wyo. With the confirmation of a case of whooping cough in Wyoming parents have been contacting the Health Department with worries. Play the video courtesy Cody O'Hara from KGWN's news partner in Casper.
The following information is courtesy the Wyoming Department of Health.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection; initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold. The early symptoms include: sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever, and a mild cough. Within one to two weeks, the cough becomes more severe. As the disease progresses, the traditional symptoms of pertussis appear and include:
- Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop",
- Vomiting (throwing up), or
- Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits
The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated. There are vaccines for children, pre-teens, teens and adults. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP, and the pertussis booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap. Talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated against pertussis.
Treatment of cases with certain antibiotics can shorten the contagious period. Individuals that have or may have pertussis should stay away from young children and infants until properly treated.