Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

A case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) has been confirmed at the Junior/Senior High School.  

Pertussis is a respiratory infection caused by the bacteria, Bordetella pertussis. It is highly contagious, but is treatable with antibiotics.  

Pertussis is primarily spread by direct contact with discharges, such as coughs and sneezes, from the nose and throat of an infected person.  Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough.  Within 2 weeks the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop. A thick, clear mucous may be discharged with the coughing.  These episodes may continue for one to two months, and are more frequent at night.  

If your child experiences a prolonged cough, please take your child to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment.  If your child does not have a regular doctor, you may take your child to an Urgent Care facility. 

 

Please contact the School Nurse at (513) 360-0510 if you have any questions.

  

For more information, please click on the link below to see a Fact Sheet about Whooping Cough.

 

Pertussis Fact Sheet (PDF)

Pertussis Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)