Whooping cough cases up in Placer County | SierraSun.com

Whooping cough cases up in Placer County

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

Health officials in Placer County are warning residents to keep up-to-date on whooping cough vaccinations after a reported spike in state and county whooping cough incidents.

Placer County Health and Human Services officials said because of the recent outbreak of the disease, also known as pertussis, they are especially warning parents with new infants who are at most risk to suffer from serious illness or death.

Because infants usually contract the disease from contact with an infected adult or adolescent, it is especially important that parents assure that everyone who will be around their infant has been vaccinated against pertussis before having contact with their baby,and#8221; said Pat Orme, the assistant director for public health.

and#8220;Parents, older siblings, and grandparents are the most common source of infection for infants, and these family members and caretakers may not realize this since their symptoms can be mild.and#8221;

In the diseases early stages of the disease HHS reported symptoms for infants younger than six months may include gasping, gagging, seizures, extreme fatigue or an inability to breath for short periods.

Symptoms quickly worsen for the infants as time progresses.

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For adults HHS reported whooping cough causes fits of coughing that make it hard to breathe and spreads easily when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes.

Early signs appear similar to the common cold: Runny nose, sneezing, low fever and mild cough. Symptoms worsen and can last for months with coughing attacks that may lead to vomiting, a red or blue face, problems breathing, fatigue and sweating spells.

In 2010 Placer County has recorded 19 probable or confirmed Whooping cough cases, compared to six in the same period last year. Whooping cough is a cyclical disease that tends to peak every two to five years with the last outbreak in 2005.