Another North Allegheny student gets whooping cough

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A second North Allegheny High School student has been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough.

The student attended the intermediate high school during the school year that ended Thursday. Parents were notified by the automatic message service today.

Parents were also notified last week that a senior high school student was diagnosed with the communicable disease. This student is in the marching band, and had helped during the rookie band camp for incoming ninth graders that week. All parents of senior high students, as well as band students at the three middle schools, were notified about the first case.

According to a statement on the district’s website, older children or adults can also carry the pertussis bacteria home. Children who are too young to be vaccinated or who have not completed the vaccination series are most susceptible, as well as adults whose immunity from vaccination has begun to wane.

The district advises parents who are concerned about pertussis to contact their physicians or the Allegheny County Health Department.

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