DOH-6 confirms 2 cases of ‘whooping’ cough in WV

Posted by watchmen
March 18, 2024

By Jen Baylon

The Department of Health in Western Visayas (DOH-6) has recorded two cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in the region.

Based on DOH-6’s Morbidity Week 10 report, covering March 3 to 9, they recorded a total of 18 suspected pertussis cases, with two cases being laboratory-confirmed.

DOH data also revealed that no pertussis cases were reported in the same period last year.

Pertussis is a highly-contagious respiratory disease that commonly affects infants and children.

It spreads through direct contact of nasal discharge from an infected person.

Its symptoms include persistent coughing for more than two weeks, vomiting and fatigue.

According to the Mayo Clinic, pertussis is marked by a severe hacking cough, followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like “whoop.”

DOH-6 urges the public to take measures to protect children, especially those who have not yet been vaccinated, against the illness, such as proper hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and avoiding contact with individuals displaying influenza-like symptoms.

They also advise parents to check the vaccination status of their children./JB, WDJ

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