The number of reported cases of pertussis or whooping cough so far this year shows a large increase over this time last year. Lynn Fisher with Washington County Public Health says more than 154 cases have been reported statewide this year which is a 121 percent increase. Fisher notes there are no cases in Washington County.
She says the symptoms of pertussis mimic a cold, but will turn into a persistent cough. Fisher adds the symptoms are usually worse at night and are more severe in infants and children.
She says the best way to treat whooping cough is take a five-day regimen of antibiotics. Fisher follows up that keeping up to date on vaccinations is the best way to avoid catching Pertussis.
For more information, contact your doctor or Washington County Public Health.