Thirteen students in three schools in Smithtown, New York have been confirmed with the contagious bacterial infection called Whooping Cough.
Officials say all of the Smithtown students had been immunized, helping to reduce the severity of their illness.
What Is Whooping Cough?
What Causes It?
The bacteria that cause whooping cough are released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can get whooping cough if you breathe in these bacteria. You can also get it if you touch a surface (such as someones hand) that is coated with the bacteria.
You should see your doctor if you think you have whooping cough or if you have been around someone who might have it.