Monroe-Woodbury Schools warns of whooping cough outbreak

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Parents in Orange were alerted Friday about a whooping cough outbreak after officials confirmed several students contracted the potentially serious infection.

Monroe-Woodbury school officials confirmed that three high school students are sick with pertussis, a potentially serious bacterial respiratory infection also known as whooping cough.

The district posted a notice to its website after the Orange County Health Department confirmed the cases. Parents also were notified by email. 

Officials say the affected students were up-to-date with their immunizations, but that the DTap vaccine – which wards against whooping cough – doesn't provide 100 percent coverage while children age. 

Health officials say booster vaccines may help curb the spread of infection.

Pertussis is particularly dangerous for infants and expectant mothers. Health experts say it starts off like a regular cold, but eventually causes a severe, high-pitched cough.

Officials say the students may have been infected while playing sports together. News 12 is told they are being treated and that the outbreak seems to be contained.

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