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Whooping cough outbreak hits Methow Valley

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WINTHROP — A pertussis outbreak at Methow Valley schools has the potential to spread to other districts after one of the students confirmed with the disease attended a basketball tournament with teams from across the state. School officials say they haven’t been able to get a clear answer from health officials about whether a basketball player who was confirmed to have whooping cough on Jan. 3 would have been contagious when he attended the Brewster Christmas basketball tournament on Dec. 28 and 29. Some 17 schools attended that tournament.

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