Lowndes County Whooping Cough Concerns

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

South Health District says Pertussis, also known as the whooping cough, symptoms are often like the common cold.

Health Officials say in the summer of 2010 there were 20 cases of Pertussis in Tift County and 5 in Brooks County.

Recently two cases have been confirmed in Lowndes County.

Many adults or children may have the it and not know it.

It starts with a runny nose, sneezing and a mild fever but after sever weeks can get worst.

"So one of the symptoms of pertussis having a prolonged cough. So, if you have a prolonged cough you need to make sure you're calling your health care provider for you that will help clear that up," said South Health District Official Courtney Sheeley.

Health Officials say to keep yourself protected by getting the Tdap vaccinations for adults and the Dtap for infants and children.

For more information call the South Health District at (229) 333-5290.

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