Pertussis (aka Whooping Cough)
in the Community
Weber-Morgan Health officials are working with parents and teachers to contain a pertussis outbreak that is circulating in several schools in Weber County. Utah Department of Health guidelines define an outbreak as whenever there are two or more cases in one school within 20 days.
“Pertussis is something we see all year long, not just during cold and flu season,” says Amy Carter, communicable disease nurse with the Weber-Morgan Health Department. “This reminds us that we all need to be diligent about getting vaccinated, frequent hand washing, covering your cough and staying home when you are ill.”
Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory infection characterized by severe coughing fits. Adults and adolescents may not even realize they have pertussis, which to them may just seem like a bad cold or cough. However, they are often