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Health unit issues alert after confirmed case of whooping cough

CTV Windsor

Published Friday, November 23, 2018 22:54 EST

Last Updated Friday, November 23, 2018 23:12 EST

A case of whooping cough appeared in Windsor and the local health unit sent out a public alert.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit confirms that a case of whooping cough, better known as pertussis, has been identified at Vincent Massey High School in the city.

Respiratory infection is highly contagious and can be transmitted for up to 20 days after symptoms first appear.

Initial symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, fever, and mild cough. After one to two weeks, the disease will progress to explosions of "explosive cough" that can interrupt breathing, eating and sleeping – which can lead to gagging, vomiting and exhaustion.

Coughing can be followed by a loud, high-pitched "crowing" or "whooping" sound that indicates difficulty in breathing. The cough can last for months while the body recovers.

According to a statement posted on the school website, a pertussis vaccine is part of a series given to children two, four, six and 18 months, followed by another dose between 4 and 6 years, and finally again between 14 and 16 years. years. It is also recommended that people receive the vaccine once again as adults.

The health facility recommends anyone who is not immunized and may have contacted someone at Massey High School to see a doctor. Pregnant women in their third trimester and those with compromised immune systems are also advised to seek a doctor if they have contacted someone at the school.

Those who experience pertussis symptoms are invited to call the health facility at 519-258-2146 x1420 between 8:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon. From Monday to Friday.

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