Jul 29, 2014

Whooping Cough Case at Harry S. Truman Elementary

Students at Harry S. Truman Elementary School may have been exposed over the last few days to a person who has pertussis, or whooping cough, according to Salisbury Township School District.

Whooping Cough Case at Harry S. Truman Elementary

Salisbury Township School District has released the following bulletin:

"It has just come to our attention on November 15, 2012, that children may have been exposed to a person who has pertussis (whooping cough) over the past few days while at Harry S Truman Elementary School.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a whooping noise. However, 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 is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough.

If you or child are coughing, promptly contact your physician. Explain to the doctor your child may have been exposed to a case of pertussis and you may need to be evaluated.

If you or your doctor has a question about pertussis, please call the Pennsylvania

Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH"

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