2008-12-04 / Local & State

Whooping Cough Outbreak Sickens 32 At W.Pa. School

SHARON, Pa. (AP) - A whooping cough outbreak in a western Pennsylvania school district has sickened 32 people at an elementary school.

The state Department of Health says its inoculated more than 550 parents, students, and staff in the West Middlesex Area School District.

The respiratory bacterial infection also known a pertussis is highly contagious. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs followed by a whooping noise, vomiting, or breathing problems.

Health Secretary Michael Huff says it's important to immunize children against the disease.

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