BUNCOMBE CO., NC – Two confirmed cases of pertussis or whooping cough have been reported in Buncombe County in the past week. According to the Buncombe County Health and Human Services, the two cases do not appear to be connected to each other or the recent outbreak in Henderson County. In Henderson County, there have been 80 reported cases of the illness.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an infection of the upper airways and is spread from person to person by coughing of sneezing.
A runny nose, low-grade fever, occasional coughing are the first signs of the illness. Symptoms can worsen to including severe coughing fits (including a high-pitched “whoop” when a breath in taken), vomiting after coughing fits, and exhaustion.
Teens and adults may not have the typical “whoop” sound associated with the coughing, especially if they have been immunized.