CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (CLARK COUNTY WEBSITE) -- Since October 16th, 2013 there has been 13 confirmed cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) diagnosed in residents in Clark County.
Please be on alert for pertussis and pertussis symptoms.
Pertussis symptoms: Among infants and young children, the disease begins with cold-like symptoms including a runny nose, possible low-grade fever, and a mild cough. After 1-2 weeks, the illness can progress to spells of explosive coughing that can interrupt breathing, eating, and sleeping. After a coughing spell, patients may make a loud crowing or "whooping" sound as they struggle to inhale air (hence the name "whooping cough") and may also gag or vomit. Patients may experience severe coughing spells for several weeks or months.
Among vaccinated individuals, symptoms may be milder and without the typical whoop.
Vaccination is recommended and the best way to prevent illness. However, please be aware that a fully vaccinated individual can still be exposed to pertussis and test positive for pertussis.
Please monitor for the development of a cough illness. If you or your family member has or develops the symptoms described in this letter, the Health Department recommends:
• The individual be tested for pertussis and receive antibiotic treatment beginning the same day; and
• The individual be isolated at home until he/she has completed 5 days of appropriate antibiotics; and
• The doctor report positive test results to the health department.
To prevent the spread of illness, wash hands often. Cover your cough. Stay home when sick.