3 New Cases of Whooping Cough Reported in Chula Vista

Three new cases of pertussis were reported at three different Chula Vista schools according to county health officials.

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    San Diego County health officials reported

    three new cases of whooping cough

    in the area bringing the year’s total to 181 – well above the 165 cases reported in 2012.

    The new incidents of pertussis were reported at three different Chula Vista schools according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).

    The students include a 10-year-old at Chula Vista Elementary School, a 13-year-old at Eastlake Middle School and a 16-year-old who attends High Tech High in Chula Vista.

    Each patient was up-to-date on their immunizations. 

    County health officials say that while no vaccination is 100-percent effective, getting immunized is still the best way to lower the severity of pertussis.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children should get doses of the DtaP vaccine at the ages of two months, four months, six months, 15 to 18 months and four to six years. The CDC also recommends that preteens and adults get a Tdap booster shot.

    Health officials say pertussis symptoms include a cough and runny rose for one or two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. A mild fever may also arise.

    The disease is treatable with antibiotics.

    The total number of cases reported this year is still well below the record 1,144 cases seen in San Diego County three years ago.

    For more information about whooping cough and local vaccination clinics, visit this website or call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966.