News Alert-Pertussis Case

News Alert-Pertussis Case
Posted on 03/13/2019
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We have received notification from the Logan County Health District that one student at Indian Lake Middle School has been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough).  The student is currently receiving the appropriate medical treatment and is not considered contagious at this time.

  • Pertussis is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.  Also known as the “whooping cough” because of its “whooping” sound that is made when gasping for air after a fit of coughing and difficulty breathing.
  • Coughing fits due to pertussis infection can last up to 10 weeks.
  • Transmission is from the onset of symptoms and if untreated up to 3 weeks.
  • Antibiotic treatment will significantly reduce the length of the illness and prevent further transmission.
  • Pertussis is spread airborne (coughing/sneezing) of an infected person.
  • Administration of the (DTaP/Tdap) vaccine will greatly reduce the symptoms of the disease and the likelihood of getting Pertussis.
  • Further prevention:
    • Wash your hands with soap and water
    • Cover your cough and sneezes
    • Don’t share cups or silverware
    • Stay home from school/work when you are ill

If your child and/or family has a cough or develops a cough in the next few weeks, it is important you make a doctor aware of this potential exposure so that Pertussis will be considered in making a diagnosis.  It is extremely important if your student has had a cough for 2 weeks or more to see their doctor.

The population that is of utmost concern is the 12 months and under group because the disease tends to be much more severe in this age group.

If you have further questions or concerns contact your family physician and/or the Logan County Health District Infectious Disease Nurse at (937) 651-6901.  More information is available at:  www.loganhealth.org