A second case of pertussis, or whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease, was confirmed at Fairview Elementary School January 13. Parents were made aware of it via email, as the Crestwood School District strived to keep them informed.
“We want parents to be aware and to be diligent,” Superintendent Brian Waite related. “We sent the letter to parents asking them to continue to monitor their children.”
An email was first sent by Waite on Jan. 6, informing all parents in the Crestwood School District that one case of pertussis was confirmed in one of the schools. The letter outlined symptoms and the course of action parents should take.
The Jan. 13 email came from Fairview Principal Peg Foster, who wrote that a second case was confirmed at the elementary school. “Please continue to be vigilant and if your child demonstrates a persistent cough please seek medical attention promptly,” she wrote.
The information provided by the district describes pertussis as “a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.” It begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which becomes much worse over the next two weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs followed by a whooping noise.
The letter goes on to state that older children, adults, and very young infants may not develop the whoop. People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching their breath. The cough