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MCDH confirms 5 whooping cough cases

Post Date:03/17/2020 3:30 PM

MCDH confirms 5 whooping cough cases

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has confirmed 5 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in five (5) McHenry County residents, two (2) adolescents and three (3) adults.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Whooping cough is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. After coughing fits, some individuals with pertussis often need to take deep breaths, which result in a “whooping” sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.

According to Dr. Laura Buthod, medical director at MCDH, “During this time when flu, COVID-19 and pertussis are circulating in our community, we must wash hands frequently, cover our coughs and stay home when ill to limit the spread of disease.”  Dr. Buthod further states that the best way to protect against pertussis and influenza is by getting vaccinated. 

Individuals that are infected with pertussis are treated with an antibiotic and need to remain at home for five (5) days to complete the course of treatment. All household members are also treated with antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick.

If you are in contact with infants and have a cough, please check that you are up to date on your vaccines. Call your health care provider for further evaluation if needed.  For further information, you can email [email protected]


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