ROSS CO., OH (WCMH) — There are three confirmed cases of whooping cough in Ross County, according to the county health district.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Symptoms of whooping cough infection may include coughing fits followed by a loud “whooping” sound. The coughing may be severe enough to cause vomiting.
Timothy Angel is the Ross County Health Commissioner and said he has seen a trend of more children becoming ill with preventable diseases.
“We’ve seen an increase really nationwide from whooping cough and other childhood disease, and it’s basically due to folks not vaccinating their children,” said Dr. Angel.
He added that whooping cough can spread just after five days of someone contracting the disease and can sometime lead to death.
He is worried that school-aged children in this case may be at a higher risk even though they are out on break.
“In this particular instance the child was symptomatic before school let out,” said Dr. Angel. “The index child was actually in class.”
Dr. Angel said it’s important to get your child vaccinated, but also if you or your child have any of the symptoms go to the doctor immediately.