9 children test positive for whooping cough in Jefferson and Shelby counties

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The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division is investigating a pertussis outbreak, this is also known as whooping cough.

ADPH has identified nine children with positive whooping cough laboratory results and 22 people with pertussis-like illness (PLI) linked to people who tested positive.

The individuals with whooping cough and PLI attended one or more of the following facilities and events listed:

  • Shades Valley Community Church in Jefferson County, June 1-July 15
  • YMCA Legacy Day Camp in Jefferson County, June 4-June 8 
  • Church of the Highlands – Grants Mill in Jefferson County, June 27-July 22
  • Church of the Highlands – Greystone in Shelby County, June 28-July 19
  • YMCA – Greyston in Shelby County, July 4-July 14
  • Mount Laurel Elementary Summer Singers Camp in Shelby County, July 9-July 13
  • Mount Laurel Library in Shelby County, July 16
  • Winshape Camp at Double Oak Community Church in Shelby County, July 16-July 20

Symptoms may include runny nose, low grade fever, and cough. After a week or two of illness, whooping cough progresses to violent coughing. People with the illness often need to take deep breaths which result in a “whooping” sound, ADPH stated in its release.

The department is asking any person who attended gathering or events at one or more of the facilities above during the specified time frames and has symptoms or develops symptoms by Aug. 8, 2018, to contact your primary physician to be tested and treated, and complete the ADPH Pertussis Questionnaire.

The ADPH warns that whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease, which is immediately reportable in Alabama. 

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