Whooping cough case reported at Damonte High School

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Damonte Ranch High School student has been diagnosed with whooping cough, the Washoe County School District reported Thursday.

The highly contagious disease is not associated with the outbreak of the diseased, also known as pertussis, at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, the school district said.

Early symptoms of pertussis can include mild cough, runny nose and low-grade fever, the school district said in a statement. Over the course of 1-2 weeks the cough may become fits of many, rapid coughs and vomiting during or after coughing fits.

The symptoms typically come seven to 10 days after exposure, but can appear as early as four days and up to 21 days.

Persons at a higher risk for severe illness include infants, pregnant women, and persons with a weakened immune system. Pertussis can be severe and potentially life threating to babies and young children; about half of babies younger than 1 year old who get pertussis need care in the hospital, the school district said.

If your child has developed or does develop signs or symptoms of pertussis from Oct. 14 to Nov. 20, please contact your healthcare provider and let them know your child may have been exposed to pertussis. Your child should be kept home from school or other activities until they have been evaluated by their doctor. If your doctor diagnoses your child with pertussis they must remain home from school and other activities until they have completed 5 days of an appropriate antibiotic treatment to prevent the infection from spreading to others.

The disease can be prevented with immunizations. Call the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2402 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to schedule an immunization appointment.

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