Another small outbreak of whooping cough has surfaced in Utah.
Three children in central Utah — an infant and two students of South Sevier High School — have been treated for the contagious bacterial disease, officials say.
Children lacking proof of vaccination can't attend school until they can show proof, get fully vaccinated or agree to be treated with antibiotics as prevention, said Sue Hilderbrand, director of community health services at the Central Utah Public Health Department. "If they refuse all that, they have to stay out of school for 21 days."
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, tends to come in waves and poses a quandary for infectious disease control experts, because it could have been eradicated.