UFV monitoring health advisory on Whooping Cough

The University continues to monitor the health advisory in regards to Whooping Cough (Pertussis) that has been put in place by the Fraser Health Authority.  The University is also working closely with public health officials and will continue to follow their lead and direction while the advisory is in place.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis), is a bacterial infection of the lining of the respiratory tract (breathing tubes).  Pertussis is known as “whooping cough” because of the “whooping” sound that is made when gasping for air after a fit of coughing.  Whooping cough is very contagious. It is spread by sneezing and coughing.  Symptoms of whooping cough begin within 1 to 2 weeks of exposure. Coughing fits due to pertussis infection can last for up to 10 weeks or more.

Employees should immediately contact a physician for treatment and advice about attending work if they feel they may be ill with or displaying any of the symptoms of Whooping Cough (Pertussis).  Please contact the Occupational Health & Safety Office (OHSO) at local 4534 if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information on Pertussis and an update on advisories provided by the Fraser Health Authority, please follow the link below:

http://www.fraserhealth.ca/your_health/conditions_&_diseases/whooping_cough__pertussis_/whopping_cough__pertussis_

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