May 09, 2018 02:32 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is investigating several cases of Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, in the county.
According to a press release, the department of health has positively identified 7 cases.
Those cases were identified in the Mason City Community School District and the McDonald's south restaurant. The department of health is continuing to investigate and is working with the Mason City school district and McDonald's to protect the health of the community.
"Whooping Cough is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing or having close contact with an infected person for an extended period of time," said Jeni Stiles, Infectious Disease Nurse with the department of health.
Symptoms usually develop 5-10 days after you are exposed. Early symptoms include a runny nose, low-grade fever and occasional coughing. Later symptoms, that usually develop 1-2 weeks after infection, include coughing fits, rapid coughing followed by a high-pitched "whoop" sound, vomiting during or after coughing and exhaustion.
The department of health said you can prevent contracting Whooping Cough by receiving the Pertussis vaccine, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue, your upper sleeve or elbow when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.
Created: May 09, 2018 02:32 PM
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