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Disease Name: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Quick Links

Please review the Idaho Reportable Disease Rules (IDAPA 16.02.10) for the most up-to-date information.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough): http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/

 

 


Overview / Case Definition

In the absence of a more likely diagnosis, a cough illness lasting ≥2 weeks, with at least one of the following signs or symptoms:


Restrictions

Restrictions - Daycare Facility

A person who is diagnosed with pertussis must not work in any occupation in which there is direct contact with children, or attend a daycare facility, as long as the disease is in a communicable form.

Restrictions - Health Care Facility

A person who is diagnosed with pertussis must not work in any occupation in which there is direct contact with other persons in a health care facility as long as the disease is in a communicable form.

 Restrictions – School

A person diagnosed with pertussis must not attend or work in a private, parochial, charter, or public school as long as the disease is in a communicable form.


Reporting

Within 1 working day

Reportable by Healthcare and Labs:

Reportable by Food Service Facility:

Suspect Reportable: Yes

Reporting Timeframe: Within 1 working day



Diagnosis / Testing


Treatment

Clinicians should strongly consider treating prior to test results if clinical history is strongly suggestive or patient is at risk for severe or complicated disease (e.g., infants).

Administer a course of antibiotics to close contacts within 3 weeks of exposure, especially in high-risk settings. Use the same doses as in the treatment schedule.

The recommended antimicrobial agents for treatment or chemoprophylaxis of pertussis are azithromycin, clarithromycin, and erythromycin. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxasole can also be used.

Pertussis Treatment: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/treatment.html

CDC clinician information (including video of cases): http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/materials/hcp.html


Additional Information

Pertussis (Whooping Cough): http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/

 

 


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