Pertussis is commonly known as Whooping Cough and according to Public Health, the best way to fight it is to get vaccinated.
Guam – Two new cases of Pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough, have been reported by Public Health, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 27.
The two new cases consist of two children, a 14-year old and a 1-year old. Annette Aguon, immunization program director at Public Health, says that Pertussis has been classified as an “outbreak,” on Guam since April. Although the two new cases were reported last week, Aguon says that the number of reported cases of Pertussis has decreased. Because the disease is known to attack young children and people with weak immune systems, Aguon says that pertussis outbreaks are cyclical and research shows that Whooping Cough will break out in a given jurisdiction every 4-6 years due to a natural growth of a population. For more information about Pertussis, including ways to prevent the spread of the disease, click below.