A case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been confirmed in Ashe County.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the case is an Ashe County School System student attending Westwood Elementary School and was confirmed January 22nd by both the Ashe County School System and the Appalachian District Health Department.

According to the report, the student is being treated following state guidelines and is fully cooperating.

The report says Ashe County Schools Superintendent Phyllis Yates said students that were considered to be in close contact with the diagnosed student have followed all protocols and that there are no signs of other cases.

The Centers For Disease Control say pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.