Another whooping cough case reported at a Lexington high school


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is reporting another confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, at a Lexington high school.

The health department says the case was at Frederick Douglass High School. This is the eighth confirmed case of pertussis in 2019 school year and the second of this school year. The first case of the school year was reported at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

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Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants and those with chronic diseases.

The health department says it is continuing to work with Fayette County Public Schools to make parents aware of the threat of pertussis.