By Presidio of Monterey U.S. Army Health Clinic staffApril 6, 2015
PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An infant at the Monterey Road Child Development Center on Ord Military Community was diagnosed with Pertussis in March.
Prophylactic antibiotic treatment was recommended for children and staff members assigned to the infant rooms. Effected parents were notified and advised to contact their physician for prophylactic treatment.
At the current time, there is no concern for other children or staff members contracting Pertussis at the OMC CDC.
California Health Officials continue to urge vaccination against Pertussis ("Whooping Cough") for infants and pregnant women as Pertussis continues to spread in California.
Monterey County has been affected with 16 cases as of mid-March. Statewide, over 1,210 cases of Pertussis have been reported in California during the first three months of 2015, including one infant death. Infants 4 months and younger accounted for the largest population hospitalized as they accounted for almost two-thirds of Pertussis-related hospitalizations.
Pregnant women and household members should receive the Pertussis vaccine to reduce the risk of passing an infection to a newborn. In addition, healthcare workers and individuals who care for infants should receive a Pertussis booster shot to prevent infecting vulnerable individuals.
Pregnant women should talk to their obstetrician about the Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine regarding the current recommendation to receive a Pertussis vaccine during the third trimester of each pregnancy. Families may also seek information from the primary care physician.