Two cases of pertussis confirmed in Adams County; no link to cases has yet been identified

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QUINCY — The Adams County Health Department is urging residents to be aware of pertussis, a contagious respiratory illness, after two Adams County residents tested positive for the disease within the last week. As of Tuesday, July 9, no link between these two cases has been identified.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, can cause severe coughing that lasts for weeks. Infants and young children are most at risk for serious complications, but pertussis can occur at any age. Pertussis typically begins with cold-like symptoms, including a runny nose, low-grade fever, and mild cough. Over the course of one to two weeks, the cough can worsen, becoming severe and spasmodic.

In a press release, Jon Campos, communicable disease supervisor at the Adams County Health Department, said, “Pertussis is a highly contagious illness, and we want to remind residents to be vigilant about protecting themselves and their families,”

Immunization is the best way to prevent pertussis. Children should receive a series of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) vaccines beginning at 2 months old, with boosters administered throughout childhood. Adolescents and adults should get a Tdap booster shot every 10 years.

If you or someone you know develops symptoms of pertussis, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent the spread of the disease.

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