Parents of students at Rolling Green Elementary and Swan Hillman Elementary were notified this week of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, at each school.
The individuals affected are currently being treated and are not attending school. Pertussis is caused by bacteria that lives in the nose, mouth, and throat and is highly contagious. It spreads through coughing and sneezing and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and a cough that can gradually become more severe and increases at night.
Parents were encouraged to contact their school nurse, District 205 Health Services Office, or the Winnebago County Health Department.
You can find more information on pertussis at cdc.gov/pertussis.
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