The number of schoolchildren with whooping cough continues to rise in Scott County with 19 confirmed cases in six schools.
Eleven students at Ann Mason Elementary have the highly contagious respiratory disease. Three cases have been reported at Scott County High School, two at Stamping Ground Elementary and one each at Garth, Southern and Lemons Mill elementaries, said Crystal Miller, director of the WedCo Public Health District, which includes Scott County.
Symptoms of whooping cough can turn up 10 days after exposure. The TDap vaccine, which is required for school-age children in Kentucky, protects against it, diptheria and tetanus.
Miller said families should make sure the immunizations of all family members are up to date. Health officials suggest that the protection can fade over time, so pregnant women and adults who are around school-age children should be vaccinated.
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Whooping cough is treated with antibiotics, and children should not return to school until they have been on antibiotics for five days to prevent further spread of the disease