Whooping cough cases found in local school district

By Amber Jenkins- email

WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Parents have been put on alert after two cases of whooping cough have been found in the Lebanon School District.

The confirmed cases were found at Berry Intermediate School. School officials have sent letters home to parents.

Health officials say whooping cough is a respiratory disease that give a patient an aggressive cough. Even with a vaccination people may still be at risk. The disease is also easily spread by children. In severe cases whooping cough can lead to death. In most cases the cough can be treated with antibiotics.

The Lebanon school district is taking steps to prevent the cough from spreading like disinfecting classrooms. The district is also teaching students proper hand sanitation to prevent the disease from spreading.

In Kentucky, there have also been several confirmed cases at Woodfill Elementary in Fort Thomas. School officials sent out a letter two weeks ago warning parents.