Whooping Cough Alert at Pueblo West High School


A case of whooping cough has been confirmed at a local high school.

There are confirmed cases in multiple Southern Colorado communities. The latest was confirmed at the Pueblo West High School on Tuesday.

Whooping cough can be deadly for infants, and it can send teens and adults to the emergency room. It is a highly contagious disease. It’s spread when an infected person breathes or coughs and another person breathes in that air. Usually it's babies who get the cough, but the latest confirmed case comes from the freshman football team at Pueblo West High School. It's alarming to students.

“I’m very concerned about it. I'm leaving for vacation actually pretty soon and I just don't want to get sick,” Pueblo West student Ocean Guara explained.

Whooping cough starts like the common cold, but after a few weeks, it turns into a severe cough. 11 News talked to a local doctor at Memorial Hospital about how bad it can get.

“If the cough persists for weeks and weeks and weeks, and they have a lot of vomiting and they seem like they're getting sicker or having more of a hard time breathing, they definitely need to see their family doctor,” explained Dr. Jon Conard.

Health officials urge everyone to get vaccinated before it's too late.

The El Paso County Health Department says they have already had one case of whooping cough reported in October while last month they had nine.

The Pueblo West freshmen football team’s home game scheduled for this Thursday has been cancelled.

If you think you or your child has symptoms it's best to go to the doctor immediately.

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Questions about whooping cough can be answered locally by the Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Division at the Pueblo City-County Health Department 719-583-9901.