Fayette County

Parents warned of 11th case of whooping cough in Lexington

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Whooping cough illustration Fernando Salazar

Parents at Veterans Park Elementary School and a Lexington day care center were warned of an 11th confirmed case of whooping cough in Lexington by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

The first 10 confirmed cases occurred at Clays Mill Elementary School, according to the health department.

The health department didn’t release the name of the day care affected. However, the department was notifying parents of children at the school and the day care.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants and people with chronic diseases.

The health department is recommending preventive antibiotics for high-risk students who were exposed to whooping cough.

Any school-age children with symptoms of whooping cough should stay home from school and visit their health care provider for evaluation, even if they have previously been vaccinated, according to health department officials. If found to have probable or confirmed whooping cough, they should remain out of school until their antibiotic treatment is completed.