A Lafayette High School student has whooping cough, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed Friday.
Kentucky has seen an unusually high number of cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, this year. This is Fayette County's first confirmed case in of the bacterially caused illness this year.
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School officials sent a letter home with students Friday. The health department has alerted physicians, day cares and others to watch for signs of the illness.