ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say several cases of whooping cough have been reported in Anderson County.
WYFF-TV reports (http://bit.ly/18qJ5rk ) that confirmed cases have involved children in a summer day camp and five elementary schools. The Department of Health and Environmental Control also says multiple cases have been identified in infants and toddlers.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease that is most dangerous to infants. It can prevent an infant from being able to breathe or eat, and can cause brain damage or pneumonia.
Infants are often infected with the disease by adolescents and adults who are carrying it.
Information from: WYFF-TV, http://www.wyff4.com/index.html