Whooping cough exposure notification at Edmundston and Grand Falls hospitals

Whooping cough exposure notification at Edmundston and Grand Falls hospitals

Public Health is reporting possible exposure to a positive pertussis case at the following locations and dates:

• Grand Falls General Hospital Emergency Department, Monday, June 10 from 7:25 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Edmundston Regional Hospital Emergency Department, between Saturday, June 15 at 7:40pm and Sunday, June 16 at 12:10am.
• Edmundston Regional Hospital Emergency Department, Tuesday, June 18, between 12:40 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.
• Grand Falls General Hospital Emergency Department, between Wednesday, June 19 at 11:56 p.m. and Thursday, June 20 at 1:15 a.m.

Patients, their companions and healthcare workers who visited these services on the specified dates are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for up to 21 days after their visit. Pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy and children under one year of age are particularly at risk.

If symptoms occur, consult your healthcare provider, 811 or eVisitNB for an evaluation indicating possible exposure to a confirmed case of pertussis.

Whooping cough is a disease of the lungs and throat that spreads easily from person to person, primarily through droplets released from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself.

Infection usually first appears with the following symptoms:

• Mild fever;
• Runny nose;
• Eye redness, accompanied by tears.
• cough.

This cough becomes stronger and more frequent after 7 to 14 days.

After a coughing fit, the affected person may, when inhaling, make a sound reminiscent of a rooster crowing. The person may then vomit or stop breathing for a few moments.

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