It's loud, it's powerful, and it's contagious, the infamous whooping cough makes an appearance in Walton County. The Florida Department of Health in Walton County is now warning residents of the symptoms. Doctors say it starts like a normal cough but when it just doesn't go away, that's when you should be concerned.
"The person almost goes without breathing, they cough so hard they kind of whoop to inhale so it might go something like this...(cough)", Dr. Diane Hudson with the Florida Department of Health in Walton County gives an example of the whooping cough.
A child in Walton County has been diagnosed with whooping cough, a contagious bacterial infection. The cough can be prevented easiest with a pertussis vaccine, most commonly included in the T-Dap booster that's required for teenagers when entering high school. But doctors recommend adults get the booster at least one time in their adult years. The Department of Health said the child was not in a daycare and his or her immediate family and friends have been vaccinated since the diagnosis. The cough is easily treatable and preventable but can be dangerous to certain people.
"The school age and higher age category, whooping cough is really more of a bother than terribly dangerous. But in an infant it can cause them to stop breathing and that's the population we are most concerned about protecting", said Dr. Hudson.
The Department of Health in Walton County offers the pertussis vaccine and the T-Dap booster, and assured they have plenty in stock just in case.