Negros Occidental reports confirmed pertussis case

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD CITY – Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson of Negros Occidental has confirmed a case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in the province, bringing attention to the highly contagious respiratory infection caused by Bordetella pertussis.

“We have a confirmed case, a 2-month-old baby who is well now and has been released from the hospital,” the governor shared with reporters, indicating a positive outcome for the young patient.

The process for confirming pertussis cases appears to be a meticulous one. Governor Lacson pointed out that the sample for the confirmed case was sent three weeks prior, underscoring the time it takes to obtain results.

He also mentioned that six additional samples have been recently sent for confirmation, reaffirming the due diligence in diagnosing the disease.

In the interim, the governor reassured that “they are taking care of these patients,” implying that those under observation are receiving appropriate medical attention.

With public concern in mind, Governor Lacson urged increased vigilance.

“I think we should be more conscious that this is not an ordinary cough,” he remarked, referencing reports of coughing in the confirmed case’s household.

Fortunately, prompt medical care was provided for the 2-month-old baby who exhibited the alarming symptoms of coughing and gasping for breath.

In light of this incident, the governor advises the public to maintain precautionary measures such as mask-wearing in crowded areas.

“We just have to be vigilant,” he emphasized, acknowledging the community’s unease as this ailment is unusual for the area. With the latest six samples pending results, the hope is that they will test negative, mitigating the concern of a potential outbreak.


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