Whooping Cough Case Confirmed At Elementary School

Parents have been alerted to a case of whooping cough at one Craven County elementary school.

The Craven County School system says there's been one case of the highly contagious disease at Bridgeton Elementary School, confirmed by the Craven County Health Department.

Letters were send out to parents today and they also sent out an in-touch message as well.

Whooping cough is a very serious disease, especially for young children and infants less than one year old. The disease is highly contagious and can be easily spread through talking, sneezing or coughing.

Symptoms start out with a runny nose, sneezing, mild fever and a cough that slowly gets worse. The next stage has uncontrolled coughing spells or fits, especially at night, and a high-pitched "whoop" sound when the person inhales.

Last October, 90 people were exposed to whooping cough in Lenoir County.

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