A case of suspected whooping cough reported at ILMS

 

Indian Lake Schools are notifying parents of a potential second case of whooping cough reported at the middle school.

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The second case is as yet unconfirmed, but the school is alerting parents of middle school students that their child, “may have been exposed to this respiratory illness,” according to information published today.

Pertussis, the scientific name for whooping cough, is a cough illness that initially begins like a common cold with symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, a low-grade fever and a mild cough that lasts for up to two weeks.

The cough worsens with time, especially at night, and may last up to three months.

Symptoms may develop between five and 10 days after initial exposure, but could be as late as 21 days. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a physician.

Schools officials and the Logan County Health District encourages the TDAP vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

The health district confirmed a case of whooping cough from an ILMS student on March 13, as previously reported in the Examiner.