Officials in California have declared an epidemic of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. There have been 910 cases and 5 deaths (all infants under 3 months) so far this year. There is also an increase of pertussis in Ohio. You can read more about it here
- Infants under 6 months: Sometimes their symptoms are different.Small infants may stop breathing for a period of time. Also, they may not have a whoop. Infants that are not fully immunized have the most severe disease and many will require hospitalization.
- Older children and adults: In adults, pertussis starts like a cold, with a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and cough. Then it turns into bronchitis, which is raspy, hoarse coughing. This can last for weeks. The coughing spells may be so bad that the person can’t sleep and may vomit.