EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Students in two local school districts have reported cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. The highly contagious bacterial infection causes a violent cough that lasts several weeks or months, according to the New York State Health Department.
There were 13 cases of pertussis in Erie County in November, the Erie County Health Department reports. Two clusters of whooping cough have been reported in our region. One at East Aurora High School and another at Grand Island Middle and High Schools. All but one case were school aged children.
Erie County Department of Health’s Mary St. Mary said this is not a significant outbreak, but parents should be notified about the presence of the sickness in their children’s schools.