Another whooping cough case at Damonte High

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - An additional case of whooping cough has been diagnosed at Damonte Ranch High school, bringing the total to four, the Washoe County School District said Thursday.

Whooping cough graphic by MGN. Photo: WebMD

The unvaccinated students are scheduled to return on Dec. 5 now, the school district said.

One case of pertussis has been confirmed at McQueen High School and the school district said a second one is probable.

Original story: The Washoe County School District confirms 19 students at Damonte Ranch High School are temporarily unenrolled because they are not vaccinated against whooping cough.

It's the latest development following three confirmed cases of pertussis at the school.

According to the district, the unvaccinated students were given the option to withdraw from school, and all students chose to withdraw.

They must stay out of school for the incubation period of 21 days, per protocol outlined by the Washoe County Health District. That means if another whooping case is diagnosed, the unvaccinated students must wait another 21 days before they can return to class.

When it comes to absences, the district says that if a student is not enrolled, they do not have to make up the missed days, and the absences don't count against them in any way.

Teachers are sending work home for the unvaccinated students, and they can re-enroll once the incubation period is over.

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