A student at Winfield Intermediate School has been diagnosed with Pertussis, a condition also known as whooping cough, school officials said in a letter to parents this week.
Pertussis is a contagious, respiratory infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It takes about three to twelve days after infection for signs and symptoms to appear.
Early symptoms may resemble the common cold. These may include runny nose, congestion, sneezing, mild fever and a cough. Later symptoms may be more severe. A severe cough can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and, or, vomiting.
Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be very dangerous for infants and people with weakened immune systems, health officials said.
Parents of students at the Winfield Intermediate School were notified by letter and by the district's phone messaging system.
USD 465 is working closely with the City-Cowley county Health Department regarding this infection, and has provided information to parents about the signs and symptoms specific to the Pertussis infection.
Health officials recommend that children with coughs be kept home from school and activities. It is then suggested you make an appointment with a doctor and mention there was a chance for exposure to Pertussis.