Whooping cough identified at Pueblo high school

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Whooping cough has been identified in a student at Pueblo West High School.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that public health officials have confirmed one case and identified an unspecified number of additional suspected cases (http://bit.ly/19yA6V6 ).

All of the cases involve students. The Pueblo City County-Health Department has investigated many who contacted those students and made appropriate recommendations for testing and treatment, according to a health department news release.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is highly contagious. It starts like the common cold. But after one or two weeks, severe coughing can begin and, in teens, it can last for more than 10 weeks.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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