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Case of whooping cough reported at Middleburgh High School

Case of whooping cough reported at Middleburgh High School

Another Capital Region student has been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

Another Capital Region student has been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

The Middleburgh Central School District is reporting a high school student came down with the highly contagious disease this week.

The district on its website is suggesting parents review the status of their children’s immunizations. Most school-aged youths are immunized against pertussis, but that does not guarantee they will not come down with it.

The school is asking parents to contact their physicians if they suspect their child has been in contact with somebody suffering from pertussis, which is spread through the air by coughing.

The illness begins with cold symptoms, a low-grade fever and cough which gets worse in one or two weeks.

Parents who suspect their children may have pertussis are asked not to send them to school. Infants less than 1 year old are particularly at risk of severe symptoms if they contract the illness.

More information can be found on the school district website at www.middleburgh.k12.ny.us.

In recent weeks, pertussis cases have been confirmed in the North Colonie Central School District and at Mayfield Senior/Junior High school.

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