A case of whooping cough has been confirmed in Sanikiluaq, according to the Department of Health.

A resident of Sanikiluaq has fallen ill with whooping cough, the Nunavut Department of Health is advising.
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Whooping cough affects the lungs and throat and it’s highly contagious. The most severe cases are contracted by children under age one.

The Department of Health advises that those who are mildly ill should stay home and avoid contact with others until symptoms are gone.

Those symptoms include a cough that lasts longer than a week; a cough followed by an unusual sound that sounds like “whoop”; trouble breathing; vomiting after coughing; coughing that is worse at night; and a high fever (39°C and above) that lasts more than three days.

Frequent handwashing, coughing into a sleeve or tissue and not sharing food, drinks, utensils or toothbrushes are recommended to help Nunavummiut avoid whooping cough.

There is a vaccine to prevent the ailment.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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