Isolation Guidelines


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  • Pertussis

    Isolation requirements

    • Disease: Pertussis (whooping cough)
    • Category: Droplet Precautions
    • Duration of isolation: Until the patient has received 5 days of effective antibiotic therapy
    • Comments: Post-exposure chemoprophylaxis may be indicated for exposed household contacts and health care providers. Contact Infection Control at 4-2188 and Mississipi Department of Health at (601) 576-7725 for assistance.
    • See Bordetella Pertussis Procedural Notes for Staff for more information regarding obtaining and processing clinical specimens.
    • See Pertussis Exposure Management.

    Class 1

    This is a Class 1 reportable disease.

    • Class 1: Diseases of major or public health importance which shall be reported directly to the Department of Health by telephone within 24 hours of first knowledge or suspicion.  

    Reporting hotline

    •  1-800-556-0003, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • To report inside Jackson telephone area or for consultative services: (601) 576-7725, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Class 1 conditions may be reported nights, weekends and holidays by calling (601) 576-7400.