RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Health District has confirmed a fifth case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, at Bishop Manogue High School.
Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, making it hard to breath. It is also highly contagious and can be fatal for infants.
After four previous cases were reported, Bishop Manogue H.S. agreed to close from October 22nd to the 27th to reduce the transmission of the disease. School has since resumed, and there have not been any changes announced in class schedules or sports and activities.
Student athletes participating in fall sports must meet three requirements:
1. They cannot exhibit any signs or symptoms of pertussis.
2. The students must be up to date on pertussis vaccinations.
3. The athletes must complete a physician prescribed antibiotics prior to their competition date.
Unvaccinated students will not be allowed on campus until the families provide proof of a TDAP vaccination and seven days have passed since the vaccination was received. If a student declines to be vaccinated, they will not be allowed to return to school until after 21 days following the last reported case.
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