NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Health Department has confirmed a student from Bellamy Elementary has been diagnosed with a case of whooping cough.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, whooping cough is very contagious and can cause serious illness.
The Health Department says family members and those in close contact with the student have been given antibiotics. Parents were notified last Friday that there was an unconfirmed case under investigation.
Authorities say the best thing to do is go to the doctor if you notice any signs or symptoms of the illness. The CDC website says the disease starts like the common cold, with either a runny nose or congestion, sneezing and possibly a mild cough or fever. After up to two weeks, a more serious case of coughing can begin, which could include violent or rapid coughing.
The Health Department says it does offer vaccinations for whooping cough for both children and adults.
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