Health Officials: Whooping Cough in Blair Schools

Pennsylvania’s Health Department has confirmed seven cases of pertussis at three Blair County Schools.  
A department spokesperson says six students in the Hollidaysburg Area School District are being treated for whooping cough. Two of them are high school students; the other four attend classes at the junior high school building.
A Penn Mont Academy student is also being treated for pertussis. Officials say one case was also reported last month at the Altoona Area High School, but that student has since recovered and has returned to class. Whooping Cough is an infection that occurs in the respiratory system and it’s commonly spread through coughs and sneezes.
The disease is highly contagious and doctors use antibiotics to control the symptoms. The State Department of Health has scheduled a free vaccination clinic for next week in Hollidaysburg.


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