Whooping cough case pops up at NC school | TheUnion.com

Whooping cough case pops up at NC school

A case of pertussis, the bacterium that causes whooping cough, has been confirmed in a student at Nevada City School of the Arts, county officials said.

Other children at the school may have been exposed to the bacterium, according to a letter from the Nevada County Public Health Department.

The disease is most dangerous in small babies and has killed eight Californians this year, all of them infants.

“Pertussis is treated with oral antibiotics. If a student gets pertussis, he or she will not be able to attend school until completing at least five days of appropriate antibiotics, or for three weeks if pertussis is not treated,” the letter read.

To get information on how to get a low-cost pertussis vaccine, call the county’s Public Health Department at (530) 265-1450.

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