Tehama County Public Health officials are reporting that cases of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been recently been diagnosed there.
They’re not saying how many cases, but do say that all households and close contacts to the known cases are being identified and treated with antibiotics. Because Pertussis is so contagious, and can be dangerous and fatal for infants and young children … everyone around babies is encouraged to contact the Tehama County Health Services Agency, Public Health for a low-cost vaccination.
Red Bluff call (530) 527-6824
Corning call (530) 824-4890 or 1-800-655-6854
Pertussis is a bacterial disease that is easily transmitted from person to person. It is spread through the air during talking, sneezing, or coughing. Sharing or handling items such as cups or tissues that have been used by someone with pertussis can also transmit it.
Early signs of pertussis include cold-like symptoms: runny nose, sneezing, mild or no fever, and cough. The severity of the cough gradually increases and can continue for several weeks or months. The “whoop” sound often associated with the pertussis cough varies.
Anyone with an unexplained cough illness or who has had contact with a person with pertussis is encouraged to contact his or her health care provider. Early diagnosis and treatment is important.
For more information on pertussis (whooping cough), contact Tehama County Health Services Agency-Public Health Division at (530) 527-6824 (530) 824-4890 or 1-800-655-6854.