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Whooping cough spreading in Lane County

Health officials say there are cases at 15 different schools in the area.

Posted: May 9, 2018 7:23 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 7:29 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Whooping cough is spreading in Lane County, with 45 cases now reported at 15 different schools.

An outbreak began at Sheldon High School last month, when eight students were diagnosed. There have now been 18 cases at the school.

READ MORE: Whooping cough outbreak at Sheldon High School

Lane County Public Health officials said they typically see less than 20 cases in the entire county in a year.

They said the whooping cough season should peak in late June or early July.

READ MORE: New cases of whooping cough reported at UO, Monroe Middle School

Health officials are reminding people to get vaccinated, because one case can cause 16 other people to get sick.

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