Immunized Teen Exposed to Whooping Cough

May have exposed others to disease at San Diego Jewish Academy

By Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Feb 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:03 PM PDT
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Immunized Teen Exposed to Whooping Cough

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A Carmel Valley high school student was diagnosed with the highly contagious Whooping Cough, county health officials announced Thursday.

The 17-year-old may have exposed her peers at the San Diego Jewish Academy to the disease.

The girl came down with the cough despite getting the recommended immunizations. Many of the reported cases of whooping cough appeared in children or teens who were up-to-date with those immunizations.

This is the eighth case of whooping cough in the county this year. In 2011, there were 236.

The girl's symptoms may have appeared weeks after she came down with the cough, said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer in a statement.

 

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