Increase in pertussis cases in Harvard, IL

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has noticed an increase on cases of pertussis in Harvard IL.  Please be aware of this vaccine preventable disease when evaluating any child or adult with acute cough like illness characterized by dry hacking cough which may be worse at night associated with paroxysms, a whoop or post tussle gagging or vomiting. Especially if symptoms are lasting greater than 2 weeks.

Please remember to start treatment even before laboratory confirmation

Preferred treatment included – azithromycin, erythromycin or clarithromycin.

Please note the correct way to collect specimen as shown in this video

Pertussis cases should be reported to the county health department using the attached Pertussis_Reporting_Form.