Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Case Confirmed in Peterborough Region

Written by Comms Team, April 26, 2024

Pregnant People and Infants Under One at Greatest Risk for Severe Illness

Peterborough Public Health has received notification of a laboratory confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) in the region.

Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection spread through contact with droplets produced by an infected person’s sneeze or cough. People at greatest risk of severe illness include infants under the age of 1 and pregnant people.

Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis:

  • Early symptoms include mild cold symptoms such as runny nose, mild fever, and cough.
  • After 1 to 2 weeks, cough may be accompanied by “whooping” sound when breathing in, difficulty breathing, and vomiting due to extreme cough.
  • Coughing can last for 1 to 2 months.

If symptoms present, residents should isolate themselves immediately and reach out to their healthcare provider for guidance on seeking treatment.

Prevent illness:

Immunization is the best way to prevent getting sick with pertussis. Residents are encouraged to review immunization records online and seek a pertussis vaccine if overdue. Contact your healthcare provider for assistance to get up to date with your pertussis immunization.


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