Whooping cough confirmed in Jefferson County
Public health officials say whooping cough has shown up in Jefferson and Henry counties.
One case of the infectious disease has been confirmed in Jefferson County.
Four cases have been confirmed in Henry County.
Pertussis, known as whooping cough, starts with cold-like symptoms, but within a week or two, patients develop uncontrollable coughing spells. These coughs are accompanied by the telltale whooping sound as the patient gasps for air.
Pertussis is a disease caused by bacteria. It causes sever spells of coughing that can interfere with eating, drinking and breathing. It can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, inflammation of the brain and sometimes death.
Chris Estle-Tedrow, director of the Jefferson County Public Health Department, recommended that anyone who has been coughing for 14 days be examined by a health care provider.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this article.
For the complete article, see the Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.