RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Parents are being warned after an individual at Ridgefield High School was diagnosed with pertussis — better known as whooping cough, according to the Ridgefield Press.
The email sent to parents Wednesday from Stacey Gross, principal of Ridgefield High, did not specify whether the ill person was a student or staff member, the Ridgefield Press said.
There is a vaccine for whooping cough, and anyone previously immunized has protection. A booster is available for adults and older children for improved protection.
The symptoms of whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial illness, include a runny nose, fever, and mild cough. This is followed by bouts of severe coughing fits that can last for 10 or more weeks.
The principal asked parents to keep any students with a cough at home and alert your doctor that the child may have been exposed to whopping cough, the Press said.
Parents should get written notes from doctors and alert the school of any diagnosis of whopping cough or not, the Press said.
Anyone with questions can call the school health office at 203-894-5750 Ext. 11381, or the Town Health Department at 203-431-2745.
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