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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

and other communicable infections

We have had reported cases of pertussis at Broadmoor Elementary and  Louisburg High School.  Pertussis is also known as "whooping cough" and is a very contagious disease caused by bacteria.  Early symptoms begin like a cold with a runny nose, sneezing, fever and cough which can last 1-2 weeks.  The cough gradually worsens and can become uncontrolled coughing spells that are followed by a whooping noise when a person breathes in.  This stage can last 4-6 weeks.  Adults and teens that have been vaccinated often have milder symptoms that might mimic asthma or bronchitis.  

Attached is a link to the CDC for more information regarding pertussis.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact your physician or the local health dept. http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/

 

Other Communicable Infection Information