How are we doing? If you have a question, complaint or suggestion about coverage of Orange and Chatham counties in The News & Observer and The Chapel Hill News, post your comments in this blog or e-mail us. Comments here may be reprinted in The News & Observer or Chapel Hill News.

Choose a blog

Orange County requiring antibiotics at school

Bookmark and Share

From staff writer Jesse James DeConto:

Two confirmed cases of whooping cough at Carrboro Elementary School have prompted the Orange County Health Department to require antibiotics for any students who may have shared a bus or classroom with the infected students.

Sue Rankin, a nurse with the health department, said the new cases, which likely include a third student, are probably not related to another case at the school in December. Rankin said two kindergarteners and a fourth-graders contracted the disease despite having been vaccinated.

“We’re finding that kids who are vaccinated are still becoming infected and developing the disease,” she said. “As children age, their immunity starts to wane. Children who are immune may become infected, but they do not have as severe a case.”

Chatham County had 16 suspected cases last fall. Across the nation, cases of whooping cough have increased more than 10-fold in the past 30 years. Look for more details on this story in tomorrow's News & Observer.

Cars View All
Find a Car
Jobs View All
Find a Job
Homes View All
Find a Home

Want to post a comment?

In order to join the conversation, you must be a member of Click here to register or to log in.

About the blogger

Mark Schultz is the editor of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News.