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Case of whooping cough diagnosed at Kentucky Country Day School

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Louisville's Health Department says a case of whooping cough has been diagnosed at Kentucky Day School.

Head of School Bradley Lyman said he had been in touch with the health department, which advised sending out an advisory about whooping cough.

From Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness:


What is Whooping cough?


Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that is spread from person to person through the air in tiny droplets, which are formed when people with the disease cough or sneeze. Most children are protected from severe sickness by having received diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DTaP) shots, but vaccination may not protect them from catching the germ and spreading it to others. Children who are behind on this series of shots are at higher risk for severe illness from whooping cough.

Whooping cough begins similar to a common cold, with sneezing, runny nose, low fever, and a mild cough. After about 10 days, a strong cough develops that often occurs in outbursts that end with a high sounding "whoop"-like noise. Sometimes, vomiting or a discharge of thick, clear mucus follows the cough. Coughing may continue for 4 to 6 weeks after infection. Between coughing episodes, the person may appear well. Infants often do not have a typical whoop, and may simply seem sick or stop breathing. Symptoms usually are noticed 5 to 10 days after exposure to a person with the infection, but may start as late as 21 days later.


What should you do?


If you or your child has the symptoms mentioned above, you should see your health care provider, who should consider testing for whooping cough.* Age or previous vaccination against pertussis doesn't matter. Those who are coughing should not return to the facility until they have been cleared by their health care provider or taken the appropriate antibiotics for 5 days. Adults who have frequent contact with young children, such as parents and childcare providers, should be vaccinated with tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine for adults (Tdap).

This advisory may be taken with you when you go to your health care provider. Please remember that the actual name and condition of the patient is protected by law and cannot be released to the public. If you have additional questions, please call the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 574-6675.

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