Three more students within the Commack School District have been diagnosed with Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, Superintendent Donald James confirmed Tuesday in a statement on the district's website.
The three individuals are from , and . Letters have been sent home to parents in each of the schools providing an explanation of Pertussis, what it is, how it is spread and how it can be treated.
It is the third reported case from Commack High School . The district has had nine reported cases, including students at and Sawmill Intermediate School.
The message posted on the district website provides information about the disease and directs parents and staff to call the county Department of Health Services at 631-853-3055, with questions about the disease and the Pertussis vaccine.
According to the Suffolk County Department of health, Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory illness that is spread through the air by cough from an infected individual. It can take up to three weeks for symptoms to develop and last for up to six weeks.
Symptoms include fever and coughing fits accompanied by long whooping sounds and or vomiting/gagging. In some cases, whooping cough can be fatal to infants who are not fully immunized.