YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. – Parents at Forbush High School in East Bend are expressing concern after a letter went out this week warning that a student at the school had contracted Pertussis, or Whooping Cough.

  • A case of Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, has been reported at Forbush High School.
  • Pertussis is rare, but highly contagious.
  • There is a vaccine, but it is not considered 100 percent effective. 

Students who had class with the individual were given letters and information on the infection as, according to the CDC, it is easily spread.



It is important to point out that, while vaccines can prevent whooping cough, they are not considered 100 percent effective. As such, it is unknown if the student was vaccinated.

For more information on Pertussis, please visit the CDC’s website.