Confirmed case of whooping cough reported

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Officials from the Logan County Health District notified Indian Lake Schools on Wednesday that a student at the middle school has been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough, according to a public notice from the school district posted Wednesday.

“The student is currently receiving the appropriate medical treatment and is not considered contagious at this time,” school officials relate. Any student that has had a cough for two weeks or longer is strongly encouraged to see a doctor.

Children 12 months and under are the most vulnerable because the disease tends to be much more severe in this group.

To help prevent the spread of whooping cough individuals should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water; refrain from sharing cups or silverware; and stay home from school and/or work if ill.