SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Whooping cough case reported in N.C.

Health officials have confirmed that a five-year-old student at Pink Hill Elementary School in Lenoir County, N.C., has been diagnosed with whooping cough.
There is no word on when the child first became ill. While the boy had previously begun vaccination from whooping cough, also known as pertussis, a reaction to the vaccine prevented the boy from completing his dosage, WNCT reports.
Approximately 90 people, including staff and students at the school, were exposed to the child. Health officials set up a temporary clinic at the Pink Hill Wellness Center. As of Monday morning, approximately 80 people have received antibiotic medication.
Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing that can make it difficult to breathe. A deep whooping sound can often be heard when the patient tries to take a breath.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with pertussis typically spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while coming into close contact with others who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria. Infants who get pertussis may be infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even realize that they have the disease. Pertussis symptoms usually develop within seven to 10 days after exposure, but sometimes they may not develop for as long as six weeks.