Case of whooping cough confirmed at Grant HS

Multnomah County

Pertussis can spread easily in groups

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Multnomah County Health Department has confirmed a case of whooping cough at Grant High School.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, causes severe, violent coughing and spreads easily in groups.

Other signs include cold-like symptoms like a runny nose but usually no fever.

There is a vaccine for pertussis, but the health department said it wears off over time. They recommend everyone get up-to-date on their immunizations.

If you have worsening cough symptoms, don’t go to school until you see a doctor. You should also avoid contact with infants under 1 and pregnant women.

If you have symptoms or questions, call the Metropolitan Area Pertussis Surveillance Program at 503.988.8846.

More information about pertussis

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