SPOKANE--The state is experiencing a whooping cough epidemic and the Spokane School District is doing its best to stay on top of the outbreak.
Health officials say this is the worst it's been in 60 years and there's an alarming number of cases right here in Spokane. The Spokane County Regional Health District reports 34 whooping cough cases, with five more under investigation.
So far, four whooping cough cases have turned up in the Spokane School District. School district officials say one teacher and three students are infected.
The school district is working diligently with health officials to confirm each diagnosis, and notify families. Anyone with whooping cough must stay out of school for the length of the antibiotics, which is usually about five days.
Educators say most students are immunized, but because not all parents choose to vaccinate their children, some students are at a higher risk of contracting the disease.
Officials are notifying all parents in the district by sending home letters, or posting up to date information on their website. Teachers are also being encouraged to get vaccinated against whooping cough.