Officials: 11 cases of whooping cough confirmed in Buncombe Co. - FOX Carolina 21

Officials: 11 cases of whooping cough confirmed in Buncombe Co.

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Buncombe County Health and Human Services said Monday multiple cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in the county's schools.

Health officials said there were eleven lab-confirmed pertussis, or whooping cough, cases throughout the county. 

BCHHS said the cases are in students at four different Buncombe County schools, although the individual schools were not identified.

Below are symptoms of whooping cough:

At first, symptoms are typically like those of the common cold, including:

  • Runny nose;
  • Low-grade fever; and
  • Mild, occasional cough.
  • Infants may have a pause in their breathing, known as apnea.

After one to two weeks, symptoms can worsen to include:

  • Severe coughing fits or spells, followed by a high-pitched "whoop" sound when a breath is taken;
  • Vomiting (throwing-up) after coughing fits, especially in young children; and
  • Exhaustion (feeling very tired) after coughing fits.
  • The illness can be less severe and the typical "whoop" can be absent in teens and adults, especially those who have been immunized against pertussis.

If you or your child has symptoms of whooping cough, please contact your healthcare provider.

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