DHEC confirms whooping cough case at West Florence HS

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A case of whooping cough has been identified at West Florence High School, according to DHEC officials.

Anyone who attended the school between the dates of 09/22/2014 - 10/3/2014 may have been exposed to whooping cough.

Whooping cough affects the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs and is easily spread by coughing or sneezing.

DHEC warned that people with whooping cough may experience coughing fits and might vomit after coughing.

The severe cough can last for weeks or months.

The following information was released by DHEC in a news release:

The following people who were exposed to the case at West Florence High should get healthcare immediately, SC DHEC said.

- A pregnant woman

- An infant younger than 12 months old

- A person with a weakened immune system

- A person with a severe lung disease

or

- A person who lives with anyone described above.

People who have a cough now or start coughing in the next three weeks should make an appointment with a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

If you have questions, contact the Pee Dee Region Public Health Epidemiology office at 843-394-8822.

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