Grant County Whooping Cough Outbreak Continues - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Grant County Whooping Cough Outbreak Continues

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. -  On Monday, April 25th the Grant County Health District received a report of a 3 month old infant with Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Through the investigation it was determined that there is one additional case in the household. At this time the patients are at home and not hospitalized.

In early April, the mother took her children to the doctor for constant coughing, but the children were not tested or treated at that time. In mid April, the infant had a severe cough and the mother took him to see the doctor, but also was not tested for Pertussis. Over the Easter weekend the mother became concerned over the infant's constant cough and took him to the emergency room. The hospital tested the infant and reported the positive result to the Health District. As of today, April 28, there are 29 people who had close contact with the Whooping Cough patients and are now taking antibiotics. People who were exposed to Whooping Cough include those in a child care facility, pregnant women and a healthcare worker.

Public Health Nurses continue to work with the healthcare community and families to find and treat everyone who may have been infected. "This is a good example of why Pertussis testing in children with cough of more than two weeks duration is so important," states Dr. Alexander Brzezny, Grant County Health Officer. "These patients unknowingly exposed many friends and family members to the disease."

Since the beginning of the outbreak in August 2010, Grant County Health District has investigated 32 cases and over 270 case contacts (between 2005-2009, Grant County averaged less than three cases of Pertussis per year). All of the Grant County reported cases are from Quincy, Ephrata and Moses Lake. Some cases have been linked together by household members or close contacts, but many of the exposures remain unknown. The Grant County Health District continues to recommend all people who are not up to date on pertussis vaccine (Tdap for school aged children and adults or DTaP for younger children) update their shots promptly.

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