We want to inform you that several cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been identified in the Kelso School District. Your child may have been exposed to a student that has contracted the illness.
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by coughing. Pertussis usually begins with cold-like symptoms and a cough that worsens over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms may include coughing “fits” followed by a “whooping” noise, vomiting, cyanosis (turning blue) or the inability to catch one’s breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help eliminate the cough. Usually, persons infected with pertussis do not have a fever. In older children and adults the symptoms may be only a persistent cough which is worse at night. This illness is often very severe in small infants.
Please click on links below for more information:
- Pertussis Letter (English)
- Pertussis Letter (Chuukese)
- Pertussis Letter Spanish (Letra Pertussis Español)
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our nurse, Stephanie Toms, at (360) 577-2463.
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