2 students diagnosed with whooping cough at Colerain High School

2 students diagnosed with whooping cough at Colerain High School

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two students at Colerain High School have been diagnosed with Pertussis, or whooping cough, school officials announced Tuesday.

The nurse and health assistants said they have no additional suspected cases and are continuing to monitor the situation.

“In order to contain the spread of this infection, we are asking parents to monitor for symptoms, keep your sick child(ren) home and take them to see a physician for testing and treatment if you observe any signs or symptoms over the next 20 days,” the school said in a letter to parents.

Early signs of Pertussis are similar to that of a common cold, with runny nose, sneezing, mild coughing, thick mucous, low-grade fever, and runny eyes. After one to two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and spasmodic.

It can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.

"Maintaining the health and safety of our students within the district is our priority. Classrooms within the high school are currently being disinfected to prevent further spreading. I have no doubt that our teachers and administrators are taking every step of precaution to prevent further spreading,” said Todd Bowling Superintendent of the Northwest Local School District.

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