Whooping cough to be discussed at health meeting in Vail - Tucson News Now

Whooping cough to be discussed at health meeting in Vail

VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Parents of students in the Vail School District are invited to learn more about whooping cough and its increase in Pima County and a meeting tonight.

Cases of Pertussis, more commonly called whooping cough, have more than doubled in the county since 2012.  Several confirmed cases have occurred in the Vail School District. According to the Pima County Health Department there have been 25 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the Vail District since the school year started. 

Whooping cough is highly contagious.  It causes uncontrollable coughing that makes it hard to breathe.  Out of the 25 cases, made up of 24 students and one teacher; the cases have occurred in seven of 18 schools in the Vail District.  Sycamore Elementary has the most reported cases. 

Many of these students are either doing their school work from home, or are located in a separate building. 

The health department meeting is happening tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Empire High School library, on East Mary Ann Cleveland Way east of South Houghton Road.

Parents will be able to learn about preventative measures and get their questions answered by health and district officials.

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