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Health officials confirm 2 cases of whooping cough in Buncombe Co.

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BUNCOMBE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Health officials confirmed two cases of whooping cough in Buncombe County during the past week.

Per the release sent on Saturday, the two cases do not appear to be connected to each other, nor does the case appear to be connected to the recent Henderson County whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak.

Buncombe County officials advise residents to be alert for whooping cough and to take steps to keep strong against the illness.

"Pertussis is an infection that affects the upper airways and is easily spread from person-to-person by coughing or sneezing," the release read.

First symptoms of whooping cough include:

  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild, occasional cough
  • Infants may have a pause in their breathing, known as apnea

After one to two weeks, symptoms can worsen to include:

  • Severe coughing fits or spells, followed by a high-pitched "whoop" sound when a breath is taken
  • Vomiting after coughing fits, especially in young children
  • Exhaustion after coughing fits

Health officials say three simple steps can help you protect yourself. Those steps are getting immunized, practicing good health habits and if you are sick to see your health care provider.

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