Possible pertussis reported

Auglaize County Health Department Director of Nursing, Cindy Jones, received word of a probable pertussis case Monday involving a four -month-old baby.

“I really commend this medical care provider on even testing this little one, and I’m so glad that they did,” Jones said. “The child presented with only a history of a three day cough.”

In her health care professionals newsletter she is going to encourage people to look for, test for and report any possible pertussis cases.

To prevent pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and other diseases in infants, a Dtap vaccine is given to children younger than seven to help develop immunity to diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis.
Jones said prevention of the disease in infants actually beings with the immunization of adolescents and adults agains pertussis with the Tdap vaccine, which stands for tetanus, diphtheria toxoids and acellular pertussis.

For the full story, see the Friday, Jan. 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.