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Whooping Cough reported at Springboro High; Parents asked to monitor children

Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 11:36 PM

Parents and guardians of Springboro Schools children are being told to monitor their children after district officials Wednesday learned there has been a case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) identified at the high school. 

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District officials, in a letter sent to parents and guardians Wednesday evening, said only the one case has been identified at the high school and no other school buildings in the district.

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The Warren County Health Department is recommending that parents and guardians monitor their children for signs of prolonged coughing or paroxysmal coughing, as evaluated by their physician.

This intervention is necessary to help curb the number of illnesses from growing, district officials said in the letter.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria. Pertussis is spread by direct contact with fluids from the nose or throat of the infected individuals.

The illness begins with cold symptoms (runny nose, mild cough, low grade fever, sneezing). Within several days, the cough becomes more severe and can be characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs, followed by a crowing or high pitched “whoop.”

If your child has a persistent cough or if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please contact your child’s physician. If you or your doctor have further questions, please contact the Warren County Health Department at 513-695-2097.