Whooping cough may sound like an illness of the past, but in the last two months, three cases have been diagnosed in the Sikeston area alone. It's not an outbreak,
Wilson thought her daughter had a cold, she didn't realize the symptoms are the same. Whooping cough starts with a runny nose, a dry cough, and a mild fever. Dr. Lauren Blackwelder at Missouri Delta Medical Center says, "It turns into more of a problem if a child has the symptoms for two to three weeks." That's exactly what happened to Mandy. Wilson says, "When she was coughing, it was like she was trying to cough up something. She just couldn't breathe after, she would just lose her breath."
That's where this illness gets it's name. It's the cough that sets it apart. Children who have whooping cough may turn red or blue after coughing. They also may vomit after they cough, or make a whooping, or wheezing sound between coughs. Mandy's going to be okay, but it may take months for her to fully recover.
The whooping cough immunizations you get as a baby only last a little more than ten years, so many young teens and adults get whooping cough, but the symptoms are often milder and they're more likely to be misdiagnosed.