RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) South Central Public Health District said that two Minidoka School District students have been diagnosed with whooping cough.
The school district is the third one in health District 5 to report cases of whooping cough, or pertussis. As of Friday, Twin Falls School District has one student with whooping cough and Kimberly School District has three students.
Minidoka School District was not immediately available for a comment on the cases.
SCPHD encourages people to stay home from school if they have symptoms. Those would include a persistent cough in explosive bursts and occasional vomiting.
Whooping cough is spread through droplets in the air from coughing and sneezing. People who are in close contact with an effected person are more likely to catch it.
SCPHD said they have seen 13 cases so far in 2018. Six of those were school-aged children. The other seven cases were adults, home schooled children or children too young to be in school.
Last year the district saw six cases in our area. The district said Whooping Cough comes in cycles in communities. An official with the district pointed out that in 2014 there were 53 reported cases and in 2016 there was only one.