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Field Workers Treated for Pertussis at Lourdes Thursday

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PASCO, WA - We've taken several calls in the newsroom about people wearing masks outside of Lourdes Occupational Health in West Pasco Thursday evening.

NBC Right Now investigated and found out that at about noon Thursday, Lourdes was contacted, requesting treatment for some field workers that were possibly exposed to pertussis, or whooping cough. 

Lourdes followed CDC guidelines and enacted the emergency preparedness plan, brought in port-a-potties and made sure everyone outside had shade, food and water. About 100 people were checked out. Some people had symptoms, but everyone was still treated and vaccinated.

"There were some people, it seemed like that, you know, they had symptoms earlier on we weren't sure if they had pertussis prior, like a week ago and they were just getting over it. We're not sure, only the tests will be able to tell that," Cynthia Gomez-Hodges, Director of the Lourdes Occupational Health Center, explained.

The tests won't come back for about two to three days. Lourdes treated around ten more workers Friday.