Six students, administrator diagnosed with whooping cough at Chapel Hill elementary school

May 1, 2019

Six students and one faculty member at Glenwood Elementary School have been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to a spokesperson for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

The students and administrator were sent home from the school, and parents have been notified of the situation.

According to the CDC, symptoms of whooping cough can develop five to 10 days after a person is exposed to the illness but can sometimes take up to three weeks to appear.

Early symptoms of the illness include a runny nose, low fever and a mild cough but, as the disease progresses, people will experience fits of rapid coughing followed by a high-pitched whooping sound, vomiting and exhaustion.

Whooping cough is easily spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing, but the disease can be prevented through vaccination.