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Jocelyn Warren
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Outbreak Alert: Pertussis in Lane County
updated November 21, 2018

Situation overview

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is still circulating in parts of Lane County. Please stay alert and check whether your child has received the Pertussis vaccine prior to school resuming this fall. Pertussis is spread through close contact with individuals experiencing symptoms of the disease and is considered very contagious. 

Please see this article for additional information about pertussis cases in Lane County. 

Pertussis: What is it?

Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, is a serious and highly contagious infection caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis and is one of the most commonly occurring vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. It is known for violent and uncontrollable coughing which makes breathing difficult. Initial symptoms in older children and adults are similar to those of a cold, and commonly include a runny nose, sneezing and a severe cough. Over the course of a few days, the cough will usually worsen and can be followed by spasms and occasionally vomiting.

Infants commonly demonstrate more severe symptoms, which may include:
The duration of the infection can be up to two weeks with a debilitating cough for up to 90 days.

Anyone exhibiting these symptoms are encouraged to refrain from contact with children, stay home from work or school for up to 21 days and seek medical attention. If a doctor prescribes antibiotics, this exclusion from work and school can be reduced to as little as five days.

Who is at risk?

People of all ages can get pertussis. Pertussis is particularly dangerous for children younger than 1 year of age

Most deaths occur in unvaccinated children or in children too young to be vaccinated who contract the disease from a family member. These family members may be not be vaccinated or may not know that immunity from initial childhood vaccinations wanes after 5-10 years and thus have not received their booster.

What can you do to help?

  1. Vaccination - infants should begin the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) immunization series on schedule and all family members should receive the Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) if needed. Pregnant women are recommended to receive the Tdap vaccine during their third trimester. Contact your health care provider for more information about vaccination.
  2. Respiratory hygiene - the bacteria is spread through droplets, usually by coughing or sneezing. Everyone should cover their coughs and sneezes, throw away used tissue in the trash, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, even if you are not currently displaying symptoms. 
  3. Limit contact with others - if you have symptoms of pertussis, refrain from contact with young children. Follow your doctor's recommendations about staying home from work or school to help prevent the spread of the infection.

More information about pertussis

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

Oregon Health Authority (OHA):

La tosferina (pertussis): lo que debe saber

Los casos de tosferina (Pertussis) continúan en el Condado de Lane. Ya estamos cerca de pasar de 250 casos investigados por el Departamento de Salud. Durante el verano es necesario continuar poniendo atención a este brote que ya no se limita solo a las escuelas y se encuentra presente en toda la comunidad. Aprenda más aquí.

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