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Eureka Teenage Test Positive for Pertussis; Over 40 contacts with infected Kid Identified, says County Public Health Department, Lost Coast Outpost



Official health care providers were reported late on Wednesday that a Eureka teenager has tested positive for whooping cough, also known cough, which is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

In a follow-up study, the staff of transmissible disease identified 40 possible contacts during the patient's infectious period. Everyone is now notified.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pertussis is a cyclic bacterial infection that peaks every three to five years. Immunity, whether from getting the vaccine or from having the disease, is usually wiped out within five years and leaves previous immune children susceptible again to adolescents.

"Although the CDC vaccination schedule is closely followed, it sometimes sometimes falls for percussion, including due to diminishing immunity," says Hava Phillips, public health nurse.

During a 201

4 outbreak in Humboldt County, there were over 190 confirmed cases of pertussis. State in 2014 tested more than 11,000 California's positive. More than 9,000 cases were reported in 2010, with 808 hospital stays and 10 child deaths. In 2017 and 2018, no cases were reported in Humboldt County.

The CDC notes that pertussis can cause serious health effects to people of all ages, but babies are at higher risk.

"About half of infants diagnosed with pertussis will be hospitalized, so it is very important that pregnant women be vaccinated during the third trimester to give newborns with modern antibodies," says Phillips.

CDPH strongly recommends a booster shot for all over the age of 11 who have not yet received one.

The CDC states that disease usually begins with cold-cold symptoms and sometimes a mild cough or fever before proceeding to severe coughs. In children, the cough may be minimal or non-existent. Symptoms called "apnea", which is a pause in the baby's respiratory pattern.

Nationwide, just over 91 percent of the orphanages have received all the necessary doses of the vaccine, with more than 93 percent of the 7th grade having a booster. additional information on pertussis, visit CDPH site talk to your medical provider or call Public Health Branch Communicable Disease Program am at 707-268 -2182. To make a contract for a vaccine, contact your health care provider or call the Public Health Clinic at 707-268-2108.


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