Fifth case of whooping cough at Damonte High School

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- There are likely five cases of whooping cough at Damonte Ranch High School, the Washoe County School District reported Wednesday.
Three of the cases are confirmed and two are described as probable, the Washoe County Health District reported.

“Ultimately, a confirmed case meets certain criteria for pertussis that is more definite, whereas a probable is still a very high likelihood (enough we count it and act on it) but not does not have as strong of evidence to prove as a confirmed case (like certain symptoms and laboratory evidence,” the health district reported.

Counting pertussis and gastrointestinal problems, seven schools in Washoe County have outbreak status. Damonte High School is one.

McQueen High School has one confirmed pertussis case and another listed as likely, but the amount of disease there does not rate as outbreak.

O’Brien Stem Academy, Stead Elementary School and Incline Elementary School have influenza-like illnesses. Plus O’Brien is now seeing gastrointestinal issues.

Sepulveda Elementary School is on outbreak status due to gastrointestinal issues.

Coral Academy Elementary School, which is not a part of the district, is on outbreak status due to gastrointestinal illnesses.

Bishop Manogue High School is listed as having outbreak status due to whooping cough.

There is no specific threshold for a school to be placed on outbreak status, the Washoe County Health District said. Technically, it can just mean more than normal, but it varies by how dangerous the disease can be to people.

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