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