Whooping cough outbreak in both VA & MD in DC suburbs


Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been found in Washington suburbs in both Virginia and Maryland.

From a WTOP report on Montgomery County:

Several Montgomery County School kids have come down with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and county officials are worried the illness could spread to other students.

Dr. Ulder J. Tillman, health officer for Montgomery County, says they are aware of three confirmed cases and nine suspected cases of the respiratory disease at four county schools and a couple private schools.

Tillman says the students affected range in age from 9 to 18 years old.

All of the students who came down with whooping cough attended the same camp in Pennsylvania.

The schools in Montgomery County (Rockville and Potomac) where the confirmed or suspect cases were found include Robert Frost Middle, Julius West Middle, Cabin John Middle, and Cold Spring Elementary.

Another WTOP report discusses a confirmed case of pertussis in Fairfax County. This case involved a student at the Gesher Jewish Day School who also attended the camp in Waynesboro, PA. Capital Camps sent an email warning parents of children who attended the camp between July 21 and August 10.


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