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Another whooping cough case reported in Henderson County

Another case of pertussis, or whooping cough, has been reported in Henderson County. (Photo credit: MGN)

Another case of pertussis, or whooping cough, has been reported in Henderson County.

Health officials confirm the latest case brings the total to eight, and more than 1,000 people have come in contact with the students already diagnosed with the illness.

The infection has been reported at Hillandale, Bruce Drysdale, Clear Creek, Rugby and East Henderson schools in Henderson County. And a student at Pisgah High School in Canton was diagnosed with whooping cough earlier this month.

Individuals are most contagious for the first two weeks after the cough begins, although some individuals might have a cough and other symptoms that persist for months.

According to the Henderson County Department of Public Health, early symptoms can last for one to two weeks and usually include:

  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever (generally minimal through the course of the disease)
  • Mild, occasional cough
  • Apnea – a pause in breathing (in infants)

Symptoms of pertussis usually develop within 5-10 days after being exposed, but sometimes not for as long as 3 weeks.

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