Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Newest Local Whooping Cough Cases Don't Test Out Says MCDH
The early outbreak follows a record season for whooping cough in McHenry County last year when more 400 cases were confirmed. Most in Cary and Woodstock but a goodly number locally as well. Quackenbush said there are worries "this might just be a continuation of last year."
Although not often fatal, pertussis spreads easily since victims can be infectious both before the characteristic "whooping" cough shows up and after it goes away, too. Besides, physicians have recently found that baby immunizations against the disease tend to wear out about when the kids hit puberty.
MCDH's pertussis precautions (get a booster shot, wash hands a lot) are located in a fact sheet here: