Two New Cases Of Pertussis Reported - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Two New Cases Of Pertussis Reported

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash - Two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Spokane, all in less than 24 hours. One case was confirmed at Rogers High School and the other at Garry Middle School. Last year, Washington state had the highest number of cases in six decades.

According to school leaders, there has been seven positive cases of pertussis in the Spokane Public Schools so far this year. Officials at the Health District say the pace of new whooping cough cases is actually slowing, but our community at large is still seeing about 15 cases a month, which is higher than normal.

Health officials are not surprised to see it pop up in schools.

"When we see it at a high school or a secondary level, it becomes one of those real concerns because how are we going to get the word out to the families, the size, just because of the magnitude of that," says Laurie Moyer a SPS Health Services Coordinator.

Once they found out about the pertussis school leaders say they alerted everyone in the district including phone messages home, staff was also notified.

The students who have pertussis will not be in school until they are done taking their antibiotics, which takes five days. The district is encouraging everyone to consistently wash their hands.

Both school nurses and the health district say the best way to slow the spread of whooping cough is getting a vaccination. Officials with the health department officials say the risk of getting infected will remain for several more months.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KHQ special, 'Beyond the Fire Lines'

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: KHQ special, 'Beyond the Fire Lines'

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:56:26 GMT
    KHQ.COM - For over a week, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines, all that and more inside "Beyond the Fire Lines." If you missed it you can check out the videos inside this article.More >>
    KHQ.COM - For over a week, we've heard hundreds of heartbreaking stories from people who have lost everything, to those who refuse to let the firestorm break their spirits. From communities rallying together, to the heroes on the front lines, all that and more inside "Beyond the Fire Lines." If you missed it you can check out the videos inside this article.More >>
  • Fugitive profiled on CNN's 'The Hunt' killed in NYC shootout

    Fugitive profiled on CNN's 'The Hunt' killed in NYC shootout

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:55:49 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded. The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest.More >>
    NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded. The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest.
    More >>
  • Zillow buying Trulia in $3.5 billion stock deal

    Zillow buying Trulia in $3.5 billion stock deal

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:16:27 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Real estate website operator Zillow is buying competitor Trulia in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. Trulia's stock rose more than 16 percent in Monday premarket trading, while Zillow's stock fell more than 3 percent.More >>
    NEW YORK (AP) - Real estate website operator Zillow is buying competitor Trulia in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. Trulia's stock rose more than 16 percent in Monday premarket trading, while Zillow's stock fell more than 3 percent.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.