Pertussis confirmed in Gila County

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Gila County has reported a confirmed a case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in the Payson area.

Pertussis is a contagious disease spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others. It is most contagious during the cold-like stage to three weeks after it begins. Pertussis is treated with antibiotics and people may return to normal activities after five days of treatment and are fever-free.

Pertussis is called whooping cough, because, in older infants and preschool children, coughing is often followed by a whooping sound. Other symptoms to look for are mild cold-like signs and symptoms, accompanied by little or no fever; coughing that worsens within one to two weeks and becomes intermittent, and may be followed by vomiting; and, increased production of mucus.

The Gila County Office of Health is advising its residents to stay vigilant. For maximum protection against pertussis, children need five Diphtheria Tetanus and acellular Pertussis or DTaP shots.The first three shots are given to infants at 2,4 and 6 months of age, which protects most infants but the effects of which tend to fade as they become toddler. Preteens will also need a TDaP,which is a pertussis booster. It is also recommended that pregnant women should receive it during the third trimester.

If a person has been exposed to pertussis by a household member, or other close contact, they may be given a preventative course of antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick.

If you suspect that you may have pertussis, have been exposed, or, have any questions, please contact your primary care physician.

For more information, to set up an appointment for a vaccination or to hear walk-in hours, contact the Gila County Division of Health & Emergency Services at 800-304-4452, Ext. 8811.

Staff (3076 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Big plans ahead for the Valedictorian and Salutatorian from Class of 2016

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Elias Olmos and Ivie Lopez have earned the top honors in their graduating class of of 2016 from Superior […]


    Salt of the Earth, Part 5 (The Final Chapter)

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      Herbert Biberman and Paul Jarrico heard about a theater on Eighth Avenue that Biberman described as a “flea bag” […]


    Mountain Vista School promotes eighth graders, presents special awards

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      At the Mt. Vista School eighth grade promotion ceremonies held on Wednesday, May 18, many awards were given out […]


    Hayden graduation set for Friday

    May 25th, 2016
    by

      The Hayden High School Class of 2016 will begin their Commencement Program by entering Lalo Serrano Memorial Field this […]


  • Additional Stories

    Presbyterian Church of Superior celebrates centennial

    May 19th, 2016
    by

      In one hundred years, there is no doubt that the community has changed, the world has changed.  From societal […]


    San Manuel seniors nab more than $1M in scholarships

    May 19th, 2016
    by

      This year, graduating students at San Manuel High School earned more than $1.3 million in scholarships to aid them […]


    Project Graduation set to kick off at the Elks tomorrow after graduation

    May 19th, 2016
    by

    The San Manuel Elks’ Project Graduation got a big boost from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu last week. Babeu (center) […]


    Mountain Vista School unveils new mural

    May 19th, 2016
    by

      On Thursday, May 12, 2016, a number of people gathered at Mt. Vista School in Oracle for the unveiling […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather