On Monday, Sept. 22, the Crawford County Public Health Department received information that a school-aged child in the county had been seen and treated by a doctor for whooping cough/pertussis. Other cases have been confirmed in surrounding counties, Director Gloria Wall said.
According to Wall, in the Crawford County case, symptomatic family members were educated properly by their doctor to stay home and treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of whooping cough include cold-like symptoms, with a runny nose, sneezing and dry cough. The cold-like symptoms slowly get worse, marked by coughing spells that are uncontrollable. Between spells, the person may appear well as there is usually no fever. Vaccinated persons may have milder symptoms that appear like bronchitis.
Vaccine is currently available to protect your family from this highly contagious disease, free of charge, at the public health office.