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Pertussis Confirmed in Gila County

Gila County has reported a confirmed pertussis case, also known as whooping cough, in the Payson area.
Pertussis is a contagious disease spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others. It is most contagious during the cold-like stage to three weeks after it begins. Pertussis is treated with antibiotics and people may return to normal activities after five days of treatment and are fever-free.