11 have whooping cough at Pittsburgh high school

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Public Schools officials and the Allegheny County Health Department have confirmed 11 cases of whooping cough at a city high school.

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says the first case was confirmed last month and parents were sent a letter after three more cases were discovered at Taylor Allderdice High School. Seven more cases have since been confirmed.

The disease, also known as pertussis, is generally not helped by cough syrups or other common cough remedies. The best safeguard is a vaccine.

Health department and school officials say in the letter that he illness can be very severe, though it is rarely fatal — mostly for infants.

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