Jackson child diagnosed with whooping cough this week

(Jackson, Wyo.) — A Jackson child has been diagnosed with whooping cough. On Friday, the Wyoming Department of Health, Teton County Public Health Nursing and Teton County School District were notified of a recent case of pertussis in a child attending a Jackson elementary school. Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," is a bacterial disease of the respiratory tract that can be easily transmitted from one person to another. The disease is spread by respiratory material containing the bacteria from an infected person who sneezes or coughs. The disease is the most serious in infants and children of preschool age. Pertussis symptoms usually start within five to 10 days after exposure to an infected person but may take as long as 21 days. Initial symptoms may include: runny nose, sneezing, fever, and a cough. Within two weeks, the cough may become more severe with periodic episodes of intense coughing which may be followed by vomiting. These prominent coughing episodes can help distinguish pertussis from a regular cold. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, immunization against pertussis is the most effective way to prevent the disease. However, some people can still develop the illness even after vaccination. During a time when pertussis is know to occur, it is important to make sure you and your children are up-to-date on the pertussis vaccine and boosters, according to the WDH. *h/t Shutterstock / Pitchengine Communities* #dally