North Douglas Elementary School declares whooping cough outbreak

The school has had two confirmed cases within the last month.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 5:32 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2018 6:15 PM

DRAIN, Ore. -- The whooping cough outbreaks schools in Lane County have been experiencing have spread to Douglas County.

North Douglas Elementary School in Drain announced an outbreak on Friday after having two confirmed cases in the last month.

One mom KEZI talked to, Mary Guyer, said she thinks her son could be a third confirmed case.

When these outbreaks happen, students who haven't been immunized are required to stay out of school for three weeks after their last exposure.

There are 14 students at North Douglas Elementary who couldn't go to school as of Friday.

Guyer said she took her son to the doctor on Thursday and was told he likely has whooping cough.

She said she’s frustrated that this has happened, possibly exposing her three other kids to the sickness.

“I do get frustrated when parents choose to opt-out and don’t take extra precautions to make sure that their kids, if they are sick, to keep them out of school where there’s potential of an outbreak like this. It gets expensive for parents,” Guyer said.

She said the doctor told her they should have the lab results from Seattle by Monday.

These recent outbreaks started in Lane County in April at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

There are now 131 confirmed cases affecting 31 different schools.

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