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Message from Shaker High School Health Office

| May 10, 2016

A case of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been reported at Shaker High School. According to the New York State Department of Health, pertussis is a bacterial infection that can spread through the air when people cough. It is contagious and complications may occur, if left untreated.

The symptoms to look for include:

  1. Mild cough, fever, common cold symptoms.
  2. Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high pitched whoop.

If the above symptoms occur, the following suggestions will be helpful:

  1. Keep your child away from others.
  2. Immediately notify your physician.
  3. Notify the school’s health office personnel

The incubation period of this disease is usually 5-10 days, but can be as long as 21 days. It can be transmitted to others by droplet or airborne spread without personal contact. Your child must stay home for five (5) days of treatment with antibiotics.

Please see NYS Department of Health fact sheet for further information about Pertussis (whooping cough) and treatment.

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