Alamance Co. students diagnosed with whooping cough

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Whooping Cough under microscope (Generic Image)

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Three children in one Alamance County elementary school have tested positive for whooping cough, or pertussis.

Officials at B. Everett Jordan Elementary School were notified of a confirmed case on Dec. 21. Further investigations unveiled two more confirmed cases.

The school gave prescription medication to all students and staff at the school to prevent its spread.

Alamance County Health Department officials have spoken with most families from the school and are asking those who have not heard from health officials to call (336) 516-7715. Messages will be returned.

Pertussis is a bacterial infection that often starts with typical cold symptoms before turning into prolonged bursts of coughing, which sounds like whooping, in one or two weeks. Some may simply have a cough that lasts for several weeks.

However, health officials said parents should not be alarmed as it rarely turns into a serious disease that requires hospitalization.

Health officials are also asking anyone who believes their child may have been exposed to pertussis to call them as well.