3 whooping cough cases confirmed at Tualatin High School

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Washington County has seen 36 confirmed/suspected cases of the illness in 2019

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FILE – This Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 file photo shows an empty bottle of Tetanus, Diphthera and Pertussis, (whooping cough) vaccine at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif. Health officials say the U.S. is on track to have the worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported […]

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) – District officials say three Tualatin High School students were recently diagnosed with whooping cough.

Those cases add to one at Northeast Portland’s Grant High School, where a student was diagnosed with the illness earlier this week.

Washington County has seen 36 confirmed or suspected cases of the illness so far this year, county health department spokeswoman Wendy Gordon told The Oregonian/OregonLive.

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.

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