The Central Michigan District Health Department has received notice of seven confirmed cases of whooping cough in the Mt. Pleasant area. The patients are expected to make a full recovery.
Whooping cough, also called Pertussis, starts out like the common cold. The initial symptoms last a week. A cough then develops along with the characteristic whoop.
The cough of whooping cough can last as long as 12 weeks. Whooping cough can lead to severe complications such as hospitalization and pneumonia. In very young children whooping cough can even cause death. In Michigan, one infant died of pertussis in 2012.
Whooping cough is spread by respiratory droplets. People with whooping cough can transmit the whooping cough germ for four weeks after becoming ill.
If you have questions about Pertussis, please contact your family doctor or the Isabella County Branch Office of Central Michigan District Health Department at 989-773-5921 ext. 8434.