The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) is monitoring an increase in reported cases of pertussis (Whooping Cough). While the rise in local cases is not unusual, it is important for parents to follow required immunization recommendations. Pertussis is a bacterial illness that is easily spread person to person by coughs and sneezes. People sick with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months.
Pertussis in children and adults starts with a cough and runny nose for one-to-two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever is rare. Read Full Article
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