LAKE COUNTY, IL — An increase in cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is being investigated by the Lake County Health Department. According to the Daily Herald, the health department is investigating 151 cases, an increase in the last two years.
According to the Lake County Health Department, pertussis is “a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes coughing and gagging with little or no fever. An infected person has cough episodes that may end in vomiting or cause a “whoop” sound when the person inhales.”
Pertussis may start with cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, followed by a cough that gradually worsens while others may develop the cough without any cold symptoms at all. Typically, there is no fever, but the cough can disrupt sleep.
Adults usually have two to three coughing episodes per day and children often have 10 or more coughing episodes per day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pertussis can be most serious, even deadly,less than a year old.
Anyone showing symptoms of pertussis should avoid going to school or work until they’re evaluated by a health care provider and treated.
The health department offers the DTaP and Tdap vaccinations by appointment at these centers throughout Lake County. Call the Appointment Call Center for more information at 847-377-8800.