CENTEREACH, N.Y. – A Long Island school district says one of its students has whopping cough.
According to the Middle Country school district, the Centereach High School student was in school with the symptoms and was contagious from Oct. 17 through Oct. 27.
In neighboring Nassau County, 45 cases have been reported this year. In 2010, there were 27 cases.
Whooping cough or pertussis is a bacterial infection that causes a barking cough that can be so violent sufferers are unable to catch a breath.