MOCKSVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Cases of whooping cough have spread in a North Carolina school district from one reported less than 2 weeks ago to 13 cases on Friday, reports say.
Parents of students were first notified of the situation on Dec. 9 in a letter sent by Davie County Schools and the Davie County Health Department, WXII-TV reported.
Despite officials asking any student who has pertussis-like symptoms to stay home, 13 cases were reported by Friday, WGHP-TV reported.
Of the current cases, 11 are in Davie High School and two are at the school system’s early college, WGHP reported.
“That’s pretty alarming actually, it really is,” said Patrick Jacobs, father of a Davie High sophomore, told WGHP.
Officials said that parents of students identified as having close contact with whooping cough-positive students will be notified with a special letter.
It’s unclear how many students were identified as “having close contact” with infected students.
School officials had initially asked students with symptoms within the next three weeks to stay home and seek medical attention.
Pertussis can be easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing.
Pertussis starts with typical cold-like symptoms, but the coughing becomes severe after a week or two.
County health officials said the Tdap vaccine is the best way to protect against pertussis.