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Health Alert: Pertussis Outbreak

GREENWOOD VILLAGE - The Tri-County Health Department has issued an advisory regarding a statewide outbreak of pertussis, also known as whooping cough.According to the health department, the rate of pertussis is somewhat lower than 2012, but still remains at a higher level nationally than we have seen in more than 50 years.

Colorado continues to see epidemic levels of pertussis cases. In Douglas, Adams and Arapahoe Counties, we continue to see the largest number of reported cases in 11-14 year olds.
 
Persons who should be tested for suspected pertussis include:
• persons with a cough of any duration with close contact to a confirmed case;
• persons with a cough of at least 5 days accompanied by violent coughing spasms or coughing so hard you vomit;
• persons with a cough of at least 14 days
 
Persons diagnosed with pertussis must stay home from school  and/or work and avoid prolonged public contact until they have completed 5 days of antibiotic treatment or 3 weeks of coughing.
 
Additional Information from Tri-County Health Department

January 6, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Health Services

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