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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • New whooping cough cases confirmed in Steuben County

  • Public health officials said recently two new cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Steuben County.

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  • Public health officials said recently two new cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in Steuben County.
    Beverly Butts, an education coordinator with Steuben County Public Health, said one case was confirmed in the Hornell City School District and another was confirmed in Corning.
    "It appears there are other people in (the Hornell school district) with a cough-like illness," she said.
    Once cases are confirmed by public health officials, the school district works to identify and contact those who could have had immediate contact with the disease, Hornell superintendent Doug Wyant Jr. said. Letters will be sent home to parents, he said.
    Butts said she expects more cases will be confirmed because of the number of contacts the confirmed cases have had.
    Whooping cough, or pertussis, made a comeback in Steuben County this year. Approximately 56 cases were confirmed in the county by mid-August, health officials said. Only one case was confirmed in Steuben County last year.
    Outbreaks began in Livingston and Steuben counties in mid-June. Over the summer in Steuben County cases were concentrated in the Wayland-Cohocton and Canisteo-Greenwood school districts, health officials said.
    Sports teams and friends in close contact means school children can infect each other, she said.
    Butts stressed that those with cough-like illnesses should stay home and visit their health care provider.
    "If you have a cough-like illness, you should not be out in public because it is highly contagious," she said.
    Symptoms of whooping cough include cold or flu-like symptoms that turn into a persistent cough.

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