WHOOPING COUGH Possible Whooping Cough Case Reported In Cabell; Health Department To Give Out Medication
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 17, 2012 3:42 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 4:53 PM EDT
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, Cabell County
, West Virginia
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department is investigating a possible whooping cough case at Peyton Elementary and will be giving medication to students and faculty who may have been exposed.
Any child that was potentially exposed to whooping cough has been contacted by the health department. The health department will be going to the school at 2 p.m. Tuesday to give medication to those who may have been affected, according to a news release from the health department.
Whooping cough is a very contagious disease only found in humans and is spread from person to person. People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the whooping cough bacteria. Many infants who get whooping cough are infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who may not even know they have the disease.
Symptoms usually start with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. Severe coughing can begin in one to two weeks. Serious coughing fits can continue for weeks.
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