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Pertussis case confirmed at high school


A case of pertussis, or whooping cough, has been confirmed in Marcellus High School. The Onondaga County Health Department is closely monitoring the situation with the district’s physician, and a letter from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice went home today (May 20, 2015) with students in grades K-8 and was posted online to the district website. 

Most children have already been immunized against pertussis. Prior immunization does decrease the risk of getting the disease; however, immunization does not guarantee that your child will not develop pertussis. Adults also are at risk of contracting pertussis.

“Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes an uncontrollable, violent cough lasting several weeks or even months,” Dr. Tice writes. “It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person. Pertussis may begin with cold-like symptoms or a dry cough that progress to episodes of severe coughing.”


Click here to read the complete letter.

“If you have any reason to suspect that your children may have pertussis, please do not send them to school until you have discussed the matter with your private physician,” Dr Tice writes.




 
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