Public Health Reports 14 Suspected Cases Of Pertussis or Whooping Cough

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Guam- 14 suspected Pertussis or whooping cough cases have been reported to the Department of Public Health & Social Services. 7 were already laboratory confirmed, 6 remain suspect cases, and one turned out not to be pertussis.

Immunization Program Manager Annette Aguon says the possible sources of exposure are still being determined. So far, an epidemiological investigation shows no linkage to the cases or an off island source.

Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. It usually affects children under 7 and symptoms are characterized by repeated violent fits of coughing followed by high pitched whoop sound. Adults and children 7 years and older usually develop a milder form of the disease.

Aguon is urging parents to make sure their children are up to date with their immunization records. Anyone suspected of having whooping cough or being exposed to the disease is asked to contact their family doctor or Public Health at (671)735-7143.