CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a confirmed pertussis outbreak in East Alabama, according to the organization.
The Health Department said in a release that six laboratory-confirmed cases of pertussis were found at several unnamed schools in Chambers County.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease associated with violent coughs.
Right now, specimens are being collected for further testing. Parents who believe their child is exhibiting symptoms should consult their pediatrician.