Chatham Infant Diagnosed With Whooping Cough
Posted November 29, 2005 10:57 a.m. EST
CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Health officials have confirmed a case of whooping cough in a Chatham County infant.
Six other cases were also reported as potential cases. Four are members of the household where the baby lives and the other two reported cases are caregivers who live outside the home.
Close contacts to all the reported and confirmed cases are receiving medication for treatment or prevention.
The highly contagious disease starts out with a fever, a cold with a lot of mucus and severe coughing. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is preventable by vaccine.
All children living in North Carolina are required to get five doses of the vaccine over a six-year period.
The vaccine and many others are provided for children at no cost through the Health Department and through many of the area physician offices.