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Suspected (Not Confirmed) Case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) on Campus
A person is suspected (not confirmed)
of having pertussis (whooping cough) at Prairie Crest Elementary. It is
important that you are
aware of the symptoms of pertussis and have your child/ren evaluated by a
physician if they have symptoms.
Pertussis is spread through the air when infected people
cough. Pertussis symptoms have two stages. The first stage begins like
a cold with a runny nose, sneezing, and cough. The cough lasts a week or two
and then slowly gets worse. The second stage is marked by uncontrolled coughing
spells and a whooping noise when the person inhales. During severe coughing
spells, a person may vomit or become blue in the face from lack of air. Between
spells, the person often appears to be well. This stage lasts for four to
weeks. In adolescents and adults, pertussis often presents as an illness
with a long lasting cough.
Antibiotic therapy early in the course of the disease
may decrease the severity of symptoms. Antibiotics are also recommended for
people who are
exposed to someone with pertussis to prevent them from getting disease and
possibly spreading it to others. If your child has symptoms (cold, persistent
cough, etc.), have your child evaluated by your healthcare provider for pertussis
and begin treatment. Please take the enclosed letter with you to your healthcare
provider. Refer to the Pertussis Fact Sheet for further information.
Letter, Fact Sheet, and more information are available here.
need further information, please contact your physician or the school nurse
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