A child attending Carpe Diem Aiken 7th grade has been diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough). The chief symptom of pertussis is a persistent cough. The cough is more severe in infants and young children. Symptoms of pertussis appear as a sudden and violent bout of coughing, may make a whooping sound when inhaling, and/or vomiting after coughing. Sometimes the cough may be worse at night.
Pertussis is highly contagious to susceptible exposed individuals. Exposed adults and older children who have been fully immunized may become ill, with a prolonged cough resembling bronchitis. They can spread the disease to others through the cough.
The Cincinnati Health Department is recommending the following:
Parents of children attending Carpe Diem Aiken should be on a higher level of alert for a suspicious cough. If your child develops a cough please see your physician and inform the physician they may have been exposed to pertussis.
Please do not expose others so we can stop the spread of disease. The Cincinnati Health Department also recommends good hand washing and cover your cough etiquette.
If you have any questions contact the Cincinnati Health Department Communicable Disease Unit at 513-357-7392. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
Cincinnati Health Department
Communicable Disease Unit