Baby Has Confirmed Case of Whooping Cough

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Public Health announced today(Weds.) that they received a “laboratory” confirmed case of whooping cough.

Guam – A 6 month old baby on Guam has been confirmed to have pertussis or whooping cough.

 

 Public Health announced today(Weds.) that they received a “laboratory” confirmed case of whooping cough. Public Health says they are working on determining the possible sources of exposure. Pertussis is mostly spread through direct contact with discharge from the nose and throat of infected individuals. Public Health says it’s essential that children receive all their vaccinations on time to prevent the disease.

 

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For Immediate Release

April 13, 20169:45 A.M

DPHSS Release No. 2016-025

 

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) received a laboratory confirmed case of Pertussis (whooping cough) in a 6 month old child.   Epidemiologic investigation of the case to determine possible source of exposure has been initiated. 

 

Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract caused by Bordetella Pertussis. Unimmunized or incompletely immunized young infants are particularly vulnerable.  It is primarily spread by direct contact with discharge from the nose and throat of infected individuals.  It is essential that children receive all their vaccinations on time to prevent this disease.

 

The DPHSS continues to encourage parents to protect their infants and young children by minimizing exposure (close contact) to persons who have cold symptoms or cough illness.  In addition, it is essential that children receive all their shots on time to prevent and control this disease.  All physicians are advised to routinely check the immunization status of their patients to ensure they are appropriately vaccinated. All health care providers on are urged to be on alert for possible cases of Pertussis and to promptly report suspect cases to the Immunization Program, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, at 735-7143/7148 or 735-7135. 

 

For more information, please call the Immunization Program at 735-7143/7135.