Whooping cough case not tied to outbreak in Mahomet

Whooping cough case not tied to outbreak in Mahomet

URBANA — An Urbana Middle School student has been treated for whooping cough.

But this illness case, confirmed Thursday, wasn't linked to the whooping cough outbreak in Mahomet, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The Urbana student became ill in late November, said Rachella Thompson, communicable disease investigator for the district.

Parents at the school were notified by letter Thursday after the district was notified this was a confirmed case, Thompson said.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a contagious bacterial disease.

The Mahomet outbreak has grown to 13 confirmed cases, all from October, November and December, all involving children at Lincoln Trail Elementary School and Mahomet Junior High School, she said.

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