Provincial Government of Bulacan

Bulacan promptly responds to Pertussis emergence, takes swift action

CITY OF MALOLOS – In response to the emergence of a concerning disease affecting infants and children in nearby areas of the province, the Provincial Government of Bulacan, led by Governor Daniel R. Fernando, has taken swift action after two cases of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been confirmed in Bulacan – one in the City of San Jose Del Monte and the other in the City of Meycauayan.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection that spreads easily through bacteria from breathing, coughing, and sneezing. Symptoms typically begin with a common cold, cough, and fever, but the cough can worsen within 1-2 weeks and can be particularly dangerous for infants and children specially for newly borns who are still not eligible for vaccines, who may experience apnea, difficulty breathing, and vomiting when infected.

Upon confirmation of the cases, Fernando has directed the Provincial Health Office – Public Health to actively search for cases and identify children with incomplete vaccinations or those who have missed vaccinations; with efforts including active case finding, specimen collection, and continuous vaccination between borders of City of Meycauayan and City of San Jose Del Monte and neighboring areas such as Quezon City.

Vaccination efforts against Pertussis are being prioritized, especially in areas with confirmed cases, with support from the Department of Health and City/Municipal Health Offices.

“Mayroon na pong bakuna laban sa Pertussis at ito po ay binibigay nang tatlong (3) dosis para sa mga batang nasa 1 ½ month, 2 ½ month, 3 ½ month old. Ang bakunang ito ay pandaigdigan nang ginagamit, subok na ligtas at epektibo. Ito po ay libre kung kaya’t agad na pong pumunta sa pinakamalapit na health center para pabakunahan ang inyong mga anak,” the governor said.

To further prevent the spread of the disease, Fernando suggests breastfeeding newborns, keeping them indoors and avoid bringing them to poorly ventilated areas to strengthen their immunity and prevent exposure to other illnesses.

He also recommends refraining from being near infants or children if one is sick and experiencing symptoms such as fever and cough, practicing regular handwashing with soap and water at home, and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or cloth when coughing or sneezing.

He also urges Bulakenyos to remain vigilant and seek medical attention immediately if experiencing symptoms of Pertussis, and adhere to preventive measures recommended by health authorities. ###