WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (WPIX)—Parents, if your children attend Suffolk County schools, know that four times as many students are coming down with whooping cough this year over last year. More than 200 cases have been reported in Suffolk County alone, and it's highly contagious.
Most cases of the cough, also known as pertussis, are isolated to children from 16 Suffolk school districts, although a handful of adults and preschoolers have come down with it too.
CDC. The Suffolk county health department says most of the infected students were vaccinated, meaning their cases will be less severe.
These are the symptoms:
Starts with: Cold-like symptoms, runny nose, fever and mild cough
After 1-2 weeks: Coughing fits, followed by a high- pitched "who Vomiting Exhaustion
The most recent case was reported in Northport at the Fifth Avenue Elementary school. Interestingly, Nassau County isn't seeing a sweeping uptick in whooping cough cases.