Person diagnosed with whooping cough attended state tournament

UTICA — The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization said in a release that it has been notified that a person diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, attended the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Ice Hockey championships at the Utica Memorial Auditorium and spectators might have come into close contact with the individual and should be treated for symptoms.

The event took place at the Aud between the dates of March 12-14, specifically on the dates March 12-13, and symptoms of pertussis usually develop 7 to 10 days after exposure, but can develop form 5 to 21 days after exposure and include a severe cough. If untreated, a person can transmit pertussis from onset of symptoms to three weeks after the onset of coughing episodes.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person.

Anyone who might have come in contact or develops symptoms are advised to seek medical attention. The disease begins as a mild upper respiratory infection. Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough may become more severe and may be characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high pitched whoop.

The state DOC advises anyone who attended this event who develops pertussis symptoms to consult with a physician to be examined.