Whooping Cough (Pertussis) – Important Information

We have another confirmed case of Whooping Cough within our Paraparaumu College community.  The time from contact with the bacteria to getting sick is usually 2 weeks (range from 1 to 3 weeks). The incubation period is between 6 and 20 days, average is 14 days.

Whooping cough may start with a runny nose which then proceeds to coughing. If you have the disease you are infectious from the time of the runny nose until 3 weeks after the bad cough starts. If treated with either a 14 day course of Erythromycin or 5 day course of Azithromycin, you are no longer infectious after you have completed 5 days of the antibiotic treatment.

For further information please check out the Whooping Cough Fact Sheet.

If you have any queries please contact your family doctor or practice nurse, or phone the Communicable Disease Team (Public Health Nurse or Medical Officer) on (04) 570 9002.