0 Comments for this article

Tags: , , , ,

BURLINGTON, NC (AP) — Health officials say they have confirmed eight cases of whooping cough and suspect there were 23 more cases at an Alamance County elementary school.

The county health department said Wednesday more than 600 people were examined for the illness after the first case was identified last month at B. Everett Jordan Elementary School.

Officials say in the 23 probable cases, the symptoms of whooping cough were present, but lab tests had not been done to confirm the presence of the illness.

Also called pertussis, whooping cough is a bacterial infection that causes severe coughing fits. The once-common sickness was dramatically reduced by vaccinations starting in the 1940s, but has since made a comeback.

County health officials say the outbreak shows the importance of staying current on vaccinations.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comment on this Story

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!


 

Related News

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of Randall Kerrick, a former police officer accused of voluntary manslaughter. (Source: WTVD)
7 hours ago
0 Comments for this article
NC attorney general: No 2nd trial for Charlotte officer
Read More»
Recall
11 hours ago
0 Comments for this article
Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states
Read More»
Carowinds has announced plans for an expanded waterpark called Carolina Harbor. (Source: Carowinds)
1 day ago
0 Comments for this article
Carowinds announces waterpark expansion
Read More»