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3rd Case Of Whooping Cough Confirmed At Lexington School

Posted: 3:06 PM, Jan 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 15:17:51-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington health officials said Tuesday afternoon that a third case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, had been confirmed at a city school.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department officials say the latest case was confirmed at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary. Previous cases had been confirmed at Tates Creek and Henry Clay high schools.

Pertussis is a respiratory illness that is spread by sneezing and coughing.

Health Department officials were recommending antibiotics for high-risk students, including those with weakened immune systems or serious illnesses.

A vaccine is typically given to children, but a booster may be needed after age 11.

For more information about pertussis and vaccines, call the Health Department at call 859-288-2437.