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Wicomico County Health Officials Report Possible Whooping Cough Exposure

Posted: 07/21/2017 15:00:00 -04:00 Updated:

SALISBURY, MD -- The Wicomico County Health Department are investigating the possible exposure to pertussis, also known as “whooping cough”, of children who attended a vacation bible school.

The department says children of the Immanuel Baptist Church bible school in Salisbury, MD may have been exposed to the illness. Whooping cough is a highly contagious and begins with mild, cold-like symptoms including cough and runny nose, appearing within the first seven to ten days after a person exposure. Those will the illness may also experience vomiting after coughing. Whooping cough is spread through coughing, sneezing, and sharing utensils; it's most vulnerable are infants and can lead to death. The illness is treated with antibiotics.  

Wicomico County Health Department is reminding parents to make sure their family vaccinations are up-to-date, especially within their young children. Parents who have children that attended the bible school should look outfor symptoms of the illness.  If any symptoms are noticed, parents should contact their child’s primary care physician, as well as the Wicomico County Health Department at (410) 543-6943.

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