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Whooping Cough cases grow in Coos Bay Schools
The Coos County Public Health Department confirms there have been 4 cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in children attending Millicoma and Blossom Gulch schools. Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection spread by droplets produced from a cough or sneeze. Early symptoms may appear as a mild cold with an occasional cough. The disease then progresses to severe coughing fits, often with a characteristic whoop or followed by vomiting. Pertussis usually does not produce a fever. The period between exposure to when an individual begins to have symptoms is usually 7-10 days but can last as long as 21 days. Parents are advised to keep children at home who show these early symptoms and to contact their children’s health care provider for further guidance. If a child is diagnosed with Pertussis, antibiotic medication is needed to treat the disease and prevent further spread.