WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco-McLennan County Public Health District announced Wednesday that it is investigating three cases of pertussis commonly referred to as whooping cough.
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Due to privacy laws, health district officials will not release many details except that children are involved and, while not from the same family, share a common relationship. [1
Pertussis can cause a severe cough that can last for weeks or months and can lead to coughing or vomiting.
"People can cough hard enough to break the rib, so much serious cough," says Dr. Priya Srinivasan, a pediatrician with Baylor Scott & White Health. "In younger children, they can't make the" cooling "sound, but you want a very serious persistent cough, they can stop breathing, vomiting, trouble feeding because of the cough, and this stage can continue for up to three months . "
The disease can be difficult to diagnose at first because it starts with symptoms similar to a cold such as cough and fever.
"It doesn't always present itself as obvious," Craine said. "But within two weeks, this host will move to extreme coughing."
Anyone can get it, but it is especially dangerous for babies, pregnant and elderly people with weakened immune systems.
scary to us (doctors) is basically with the younger infants, they can actually stop breathing, "said Srinivasan." There have been cases of young infants who are vaccinated by young to catch this – young There were only two confirmed cases of pertussis in McLennan County in 2018, officials said, and they were not related.
"Unfortunately, with the increased skepticism towards vaccines, it goes a bit," said Srinivasan.
Health experts say vaccination is the best protection against getting it and spreading it.  "How to protect yourself: Of course, washing your hands, covering your cough, these are good ways to Do it, also being fully vaccinated, "Craine said." Vaccination is so important because our infants do not get their first vaccination for up to three months and you are not fully protected until 15 months because it is a series of shots. and then for all of them small ones that are not fully protected, we as adults must also be vaccinated. "
" If everyone is vaccinated, the incidence of the disease falls and there is no risk that anyone will catch it if no one can actually spread the disease, "she said.
If a doctor takes a time on a nasal swab or blood sample, the disease can be treated with antibiotics.