Maywood Middle School whooping cough case reported

December 11, 2012

By Staff

Maywood Middle School reported a case of pertussis, or whooping cough, Dec. 10.

Whooping cough is a bacterial illness that may begin with symptoms similar to the common cold (runny nose or scratchy throat) or simply a dry cough. The cough usually becomes worse over one to two weeks. Fever is minimal or absent. Most recover without any complications, but for infants, whooping cough can be life-threatening.

Antibiotics can reduce the risk of infection if given within 21 days after contact with someone with whooping cough. If you are in any of the following groups and have had close contact with a person with whooping cough, consult your health care provider to discuss the need for antibiotic treatment to prevent whooping cough:

  • Infants younger than one year of age
  • Pregnant women near the time of delivery (who could spread it to their newborns)
  • Health care workers (who could spread whooping cough to their high risk patients and other staff who care for high risk patients)
  • People who have close contact with pregnant women, infants or health care workers.

If you have any questions about vaccines or pertussis, call your health care provider or Public Health – Seattle & King County at 206-296-4774.

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