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Whooping Cough Now Widespread

The Nevada County Public Health Department has issued notifications to all parents, guardians and school staff that there is a Whooping Cough (Pertussis) outbreak in Western Nevada County.  Interim Health Director Tex Ritter, says there are 12 confirmed cases in seven schools.
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Whooping Cough is highly contagious and is extremely dangerous if an infant contracts the illness. The most common cause of death in infants is a coughing fit that causes the baby to vomit and then aspirate because the baby does not have the ability to clear it’s airway.

Ritter says the most effective treatment is the preventative vaccine, but if you do contract Pertussis- antibiotics can treat it.
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If your personal beliefs do not include the use of traditional medicine, Ritter says you must avoid contact with other people.
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Infected people are contagious for 21 days after coughing begins and 10 days prior to the displaying symptoms- that is why it is so difficult to control. If you have any questions or concerns contact your medical professional immediately.

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1 Comment

March 2, 2013


Some people don't seem to understand how important it is to get vaccinated against pertussis. I am pushing 60, had whooping cough as a kid and yet I am still current on my shots. Certain people (e.g. babies, immune deficient individuals and chemo therapy patients) cannot be immunized and if exposed to the bacteria can die. If you're not immunized and contract this disease, you can be in the store and before you know you're sick, pass it on to some unsuspecting individual who might end up fighting a life or death battle. In short, B. pertussis is preventable if we get vaccinated. The life you save might be your child, your grandchild or that cute baby across the street.

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