False alarm: There aren’t any diagnosed cases of whooping cough at Margaretta Elementary School.
The parents of a 7-year-old girl suspected she had the infection, but she was diagnosed Saturday with strep throat and bronchitis, they said. Tests for whooping cough came back negative.
Margaretta Elementary School sent a letter home with first-graders this past Wednesday about the suspected case of whooping cough, which the Erie County Health Department authored. The girl was removed from classes this past week while her parents awaited the diagnosis.
Most children are immunized for whooping cough, formally called pertussis, but the vaccination is only 85 percent effective. It is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes violent, uncontrollable coughing, making it difficult to breathe.