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TriMet driver diagnosed with whooping cough

A TriMet bus driver was diagnosed with whooping cough after completing his run on the 10 route Tuesday.

TriMet officials are advising anyone who rode from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and who has health concerns to contact their medical provider, local health department or call the Oregon Public Health Division Hotline at 971-673-1222.

Bus line 10 provides weekday service between Lents Town Center and Portland City Center along Harold, Steele, 28th, 26th, Clinton, Ladd, Madison/Hawthorne and Main/Madison.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that can spread through the air when people cough. It usually starts like a common cold and gets worse and worse over 1 to 2 weeks as a cough develops.

People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the bacteria that cause the disease. People with whooping cough may have coughing spells in which they can’t catch their breath between coughs. As they catch their breath at the end of a coughing spell, they may loudly gasp — or “whoop." There is usually no fever with whooping cough.

The operator was taken to the doctor after the run, was diagnosed and received treatment.