UPDATE: Whooping Cough Cases Rising In Grant County - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Whooping Cough Cases Rising In Grant County

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - Public health staff in Grant County have identified 138 people who came in close contact with the four confirmed Pertussis cases, (test results are still pending on the 5th possible case).

The four cases are from various communities in Grant County and, to date, no confirmed links between the cases have been identified. Each close contact was interviewed to determine if they needed antibiotic treatment to prevent Pertussis infection.

Healthcare facilities and EMS agencies are being encouraged to vaccinate healthcare workers with a Tdap booster and follow strict infection control procedures. Schools and childcare facilities are being asked to encourage students and staff to be up-to-date with their vaccinations.

The Grant County Health District recommends unimmunized staff and unimmunized children with a cough be excluded from school/childcare and evaluated for Pertussis by a healthcare provider.
Grant County Health Officer reminds residents:

  •  Pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease.
  •  Children should get five DTaP vaccinations between two months of age and when they start school.
  •  Because immunity from Pertussis vaccine or disease wears off, family members and caregivers of infants should make sure they are up to date with their Pertussis vaccinations.
  •  To protect their babies, women should get the Tdap booster before, during or immediately after pregnancy.
  • All healthcare workers and childcare providers should be fully immunized for Pertussis.
  •  The Tdap booster shot is available and recommended for people 11 and older.
  •  Tdap vaccine is required for 6th grade school entry.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 18-year-old man arrested for vehicular homicide after fatal crash south of Ritzville on Highway 395

    18-year-old man arrested for vehicular homicide after fatal crash south of Ritzville on Highway 395

    Monday, May 29 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-05-29 19:34:07 GMT

    ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol one person has died following a one-car collision south of Ritzville Monday morning. Troopers say the crash happened on Highway 395 about 24 miles south of Ritzville. The 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was headed north on 395 at a high rate of speed when the driver 18-year-old Jaciel Parra of Victor, Idaho, fell asleep at the wheel.

    >>

    ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol one person has died following a one-car collision south of Ritzville Monday morning. Troopers say the crash happened on Highway 395 about 24 miles south of Ritzville. The 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was headed north on 395 at a high rate of speed when the driver 18-year-old Jaciel Parra of Victor, Idaho, fell asleep at the wheel.

    >>
  • Golfer Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges

    Golfer Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:58:17 GMT

    JUPITER, Fla. - Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on charges of driving under the influence early Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida. Woods lives in Jupiter Island and was taken into custody at around 3:00 a.m. Palm Beach County Jail records indicate Woods was released from custody at 10:50 a.m.

    >>

    JUPITER, Fla. - Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested on charges of driving under the influence early Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida. Woods lives in Jupiter Island and was taken into custody at around 3:00 a.m. Palm Beach County Jail records indicate Woods was released from custody at 10:50 a.m.

    >>
  • PHOTOS: Northern Lights dazzle across the region

    PHOTOS: Northern Lights dazzle across the region

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-05-29 01:28:09 GMT

    KHQ.com - If you were up late Saturday night and looking up at the sky, you were treated to a beautiful light show courtesy of Mother Nature. Independence Day fireworks are still about a month away, but Saturday's Northern Lights display was just as dazzling. Several of you shared your photos with us. Click through the slide show above to see some of the photos sent to us.

    >>

    KHQ.com - If you were up late Saturday night and looking up at the sky, you were treated to a beautiful light show courtesy of Mother Nature. Independence Day fireworks are still about a month away, but Saturday's Northern Lights display was just as dazzling. Several of you shared your photos with us. Click through the slide show above to see some of the photos sent to us.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/