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Health Unit issued a warning after a confirmed case of whooping cough


CTV Windsor

Published Friday, November 23, 2018 10:54 ET

Last Updated Friday, November 23, 2018 11:12 ET

A whooping cough cases have appeared in Windsor and which has a local health unit sends a public warning.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit confirms cases of Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, have been identified in Vincent Massey Secondary School in the city.

Respiratory infections are highly contagious and can be transmitted up to 20 days after symptoms first appear.

Early symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, fever and a mild cough. After one to two weeks, the disease will develop into an "explosive cough" explosion that can interfere with breathing, eating and sleeping – which can cause choking, vomiting, and fatigue.

Coughing can be followed by the sound "loud noise" or "whooping" high pitched that shows difficulty breathing. Cough can last for months when the body recovers.

According to a statement posted to the school's website, a vaccine for whooping cough is part of a series given to children aged two, four, six and 18 months, followed by other doses between 4 and 6 years and finally between 14 and 16 years , Also advised people received the vaccine once again as an adult.

Health unit recommends anyone who is not immunized and may have been in contact with someone from Massey secondary school to see the doctor. Pregnant women in their third trimester and those with compromised immune systems are also advised to go to a doctor, if they are related to someone from school.

Those who experience symptoms of whooping cough are asked to contact the health unit at 519-258-2146 x1420 between 8:30 pm and 5:30 pm. from Monday to Friday.

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