- Is a respiratory infection that can cause severe coughing or trouble breathing.
- Can infect people of all ages, but is most serious in infants, young children, and the elderly.
- Is spread through droplets in the air when a person coughs or sneezes.
- Begins much like a cold with a runny nose, low grade fever and mild cough for 1-2 weeks.
- Progresses to coughing spells that interrupt breathing, sleeping, and can be followed by vomiting and exhaustion.
- Coughing spells can last from several weeks to months.
- In older children, adolescents, and adults the symptoms are usually milder and without the typical whoop.
- Persons with pertussis should stay home from school and other activities until they have finished 5 days of antibiotics.
- The best way to prevent pertussis is to be vaccinated.
- Pertussis Information for Healthcare Providers-Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Healthcare Provider Resources- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Best Practice for PCR Testing for Diagnosis of Pertussis
- Post Exposure Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
For more information please contact:
Eau Claire City County Health Department - 715-839-4718