Calaveras confirms pertussis cases

Union Democrat staff

Calaveras County Public Health officials Thursday said two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in the county.

The illness, also known as pertussis, was found in two school-aged children. The department did not reveal their names, ages or if they indeed attended school.

They were the first "confirmed" cases of pertussis this year in the county, meaning they underwent lab tests.

It was unclear this morning if the cases are connected to an outbreak of pertussis in neighboring Tuolumne County.

As of early this week, the county had five confirmed "root" cases and several other suspected cases, all centering around a handful of schools.

Dr. Todd Stolp, Tuolumne County's Public Health Officer, said virtually every school in the county now is reporting ill students with symptoms indicative of pertussis, including prolonged bouts of coughing.

For the complete story, see the May 16, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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