PULLMAN, Wash.-- The Whitman County Health Department has confirmed its first case of whooping cough.
A 9-year-old girl is Pullman contracted the illness. Her symptoms reportedly began to show a couple of weeks ago.
More than 3,000 cases of pertussis have now been diagnosed in Washington.
According to the Department of Health, babies get the first dose of whooping cough vaccine at two months of age and need a series of five shots to be fully protected. So far this year 185 cases have been report in children less than one year old, 39 of them have been hospitalized.
Those in the highest need of vaccine are: infants, pregnant women, child care workers, or immune compromised individual in close contact with a case.
The symptoms of a common cold usually develop about a week after exposure to the bacteria.
Severe episodes of coughing start about 10 to 12 days later. In children, the coughing often ends with a "whoop" noise. The sound is produced when the patient tries to take a breath. The whoop noise is rare in patients under 6 months of age and in adults. Coughing spells may lead to vomiting or a short loss of consciousness. Pertussis should always be considered when vomiting occurs with coughing. In infants, choking spells are common.
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