Carlsbad Student Diagnosed with Whooping Cough

A child in Carlsbad was diagnosed with the contagious disease Whooping Cough, county health officials said Friday.

The 8-year-old attends Pacific Rim Elementary School in Carlsbad and was up-to-date with immunizations, according to a statement from the County Health and Human Services Agency.

Parents and school staff were notified of potential exposure to Whooping Cough, also known as pertussis.

Parents who suspect their children may have been exposed should talk to a doctor. They can get the vaccine series and the Tdap booster shot for themselves and their children through a primary care physician.

Pertussis starts with a cough and runny nose for about one to two weeks. Then, the coughing becomes rapid and sometimes has a whooping sound. Patients sometimes have a mild fever. It is treatable with antibiotics.

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