Three whooping cough cases confirmed at Anson school


ANSON (AP) — Three cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at an Anson elementary school and district officials have organized a public meeting to discuss prevention and response measures.

Parents and others are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carrabec High School, where representatives from the Maine Center for Disease Control will discuss whooping cough prevention.

Superintendent Ken Coville told the Morning Sentinel ( ) all three cases were reported at the Garret Schenck School.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a respiratory infection characterized by uncontrollable coughing that make a “whooping” sound and can induce vomiting or cause difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and fever.

The state CDC says there have been 339 cases of whooping cough confirmed in Maine this year.