AHS announces whooping cough outbreak in Alberta after rise in cases – CityNews Calgary

LETHBRIDGE (660 NEWS) — Alberta Health Services has declared a whooping cough outbreak.

Covering the western part of AHS’ south zone — including Lethbridge, Lethbridge County and Raymond.

It’s because of 15 confirmed cases in those areas in the past two weeks, bringing the total number of cases this year to 42 in the zone.

The bacterial infection, pertussis, causes severe coughing that can last for weeks and impacts all age groups. However, infants one year and under are at greater risk of serious complications.

Symptoms at the beginning include a runny nose, sneezing, fever, and mild cough.

Then over the span of a week, the cough will be more severe with coughing spells.

Health officials are reminding people to not share water bottles, lipstick, lip balm or drinks, and if you suspect you or a family member may develop pertussis you are recommended to stay at home and call a family physician or 811 before seeking medical care.

AHS is stressing the importance of getting vaccinated against whooping cough — you can find more info at ImmunizeAlberta.ca

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