Health Department Update – Pertussis Outbreak

January 30, 2017

Numerous outbreaks of Pertussis are occurring throughout the United States.  Nine cases of Pertussis in Broward County were reported to the Florida Department of Health in Broward County in 2016 and one in 2017.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease.  Pertussis usually develops within 7-10 days after exposure, but sometimes not for as long as 3 weeks after.  The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever.  After 1-2 weeks, severe coughing can begin.  Unlike the common cold, Pertussis can become a series of coughing fits that continues for weeks.

If you have had a cough lasting at least 2 weeks or are due for your tetanus vaccine, please call to make an appointment.  The Tdap vaccine helps prevent Pertussis!

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