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Information about Pertussis (whooping cough)

There are two confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) at Bellerive Elementary School and one suspected case at River Bend Elementary. Families who may be at risk have been notified and the school nurse is monitoring the situation, looking for any additional signs and symptoms among other students or staff.

Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough that may become much worse over 1-2 weeks.  Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a characteristic high-pitched whoop.  However, older children, adults, and very young infants may not develop the whoop.  There is generally no fever.  People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching breath.  The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help the cough.

For more information on pertussis click on the link: www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/news/pertussis.pdf