Whooping Cough Case Confirmed In Antrim County

You know the sound of pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

It's a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable coughing.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan recently confirmed one case of whooping cough in a student in Antrim County.

Parents of students at the affected school received letters, recommending that students be treated with an antibiotic as a preventative step.

Again, pertussis is highly contagious, it's spread by coughing and sneezing.

Some of the beginning symptoms are a runny nose, mild fever and cough, but then followed by severe, uncontrollable coughing.

Infants and young children often have the most severe symptoms.

Doctors highly recommend vaccinations to protect yourself and others.