TACLOBAN CITY – The health office of this city reported that it has not monitored any pertussis cases though it has taken some preventive steps to prevent any possible spread of the virus.

This was disclosed by Dr. Gloria Fabrigas, assistant health officer of the City Health Office (CHO) who said that they have initiated meetings with healthcare workers regarding triaging protocols in the event that cases arise.

But the regional office of the Department of Health has reported onFriday(April 5) of six cases of pertussis in the city.

The CHO has also released an advisory in response to the rising pertussis and measles cases in the country outlining precautionary measures against these diseases.

Dr. Fabrigas acknowledged this concern and urged residents to have their children vaccinated once supplies become accessible, which is anticipated to be in June.

Despite the absence of reported cases, the public is still advised to adhere to precautionary measures such as the voluntary use of face masks, good hand hygiene, and staying home when sick.

“As of now, there’s no reason for panic. However, we cannot be complacent,” Dr. Fabrigas added, referring to how we can keep the situation under control.

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, poses a significant threat to vulnerable communities.

The infection spreads rapidly through person-to-person respiratory droplets, and can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces.

Its symptoms include a persistent cough that may last two or more weeks, a mild fever, and a runny nose.

The CHO urges parents and caregivers to seek immediate medical attention for suspected patients, as early treatment is most effective.