TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) – The Tioga County Public Health Department reports they have seen multiple cases of Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, in the past few weeks.

Whooping Cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

  • Individuals should call their health care provider if they or someone in their home have had any of the following symptoms:
  • Rapid coughs following by a high-pitched “whoop” sound
  • Vomiting during or after coughing fits
  • Exhaustion after coughing fits

Public Health Nurse Barbara Bilbrey says those who are experiencing symptoms similar to Pertussis to “stay home from school or work and avoid close contact with anyone around you”.

“Whooping Cough can be extremely dangerous, especially for those with weakened immune systems,” said Bilbrey.

The Tioga County Public Health Department says make sure you and your family are vaccinated against Whooping Cough. You can also protect yourself by washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others who are sick and making sure you don't share cups or water bottles with anyone, including friends and family members.

If you have further questions, contact your health care provider. The Tioga County Public Health Department also has public health nurses that can be called at 607-687-8600.

For additional information about Whooping Cough, visit https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/.