The Carteret County Health Department is warning parents to be on the lookout for whooping cough symptoms in their kids. There are currently ten confirmed cases- in VACCINATED KIDS– of the highly contagious respiratory disease in the county.1
Those infected are school-aged children between the ages of 9 and 14 years old.
Whopping cough, also called pertussis, is easily spread through talking, sneezing or coughing. Symptoms begin with a runny nose, sneezing, mild fever and a cough that slowly gets worse. The disease is known for the uncontrolled coughing spells, especially at night, and and the high-pitched “whoop” sound when the person inhales.
State health officials say that in the first three months of the year there were 79 whooping cough cases statewide (no word on whether or not those cases were in vaccinated patients).