Summerside school warns about whooping cough

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Summerside Intermediate School sent a notice home with students warning of possible exposure to pertussis

Summerside Intermediate School sent a notice home with students warning of possible exposure to pertussis.

Summerside Intermediate School recently sent a notice home with students warning of possible exposure to pertussis, a contagious infection of the lungs and airways more commonly known as whooping cough.

Parents and guardians were informed that students and they themselves may have been exposed to a case of whooping cough during school.

The letter provided information on how to recognize the illness and outlined the precautions that should be taken.

According to Health Canada, pertussis is caused by a bacteria, bordetella pertussis, which is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person.

The disease is spread when a person who is ill sneezes, releasing the germ into the air where other persons breathe it in, or onto articles that people may touch.

Early symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, low fever and a mild, irritating, dry cough, similar to those of a common cold.

Over a period of a week, the cough gets more intense and often leads to a whoop or crowing sound when the affected person tries to catch a breath.

The cough can last up to two months and happens more at night.

People who have pertussis can spread the germs to others for up to three weeks after the coughing spells start.

Most children and school-age students are immunized against pertussis.

Organizations: Summerside Intermediate School, Health Canada

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  • Kate
    May 01, 2014 - 16:38

    I work at another school that had 2 cases of whooping cough earlier this year. The only people informed were the parents from the class the children were in. I'm surprised this is in the news! One of the children that was diagnosed was fully vaccinated.

  • mia
    May 01, 2014 - 07:09

    a good example of why you should ensure your children are up to date on their vaccinations... protects your child, and also protects everyone they come in contact with as they can't spread an illness if they are vaccinated and immune to it.

    • SomeSense
      May 01, 2014 - 08:18

      I would be curious to know if all those who contracted it were vaccinated? I would wager they were, many outbreaks are all of people who were so what does that tell you

    • mia
      May 01, 2014 - 09:12

      well SomeSense, you bet wrong. My son was one of the exposed kids who did NOT get sick, and yes he was certainly vaccinated. And, none of our family or friends got sick either. My vaccinated son was also recently exposed to chicken pox, which he never had before. Guess what? He didn't catch that either... He's happily out playing with his friends, going to school and enjoying life, rather than being home in bed sick with itchy, bright red spots.... I have seen the proof that is in the pudding. And, on the off chance that someone does get sick after being vaccinated, you bet your boots they would only be very mildy sick in comparison to what they would have suffered if unvaccinated.

    • SomeSense
      May 01, 2014 - 13:24

      Well mia I did not ask if your vaccinated child did not get sick? I asked if those who did get sick were vaccinated. I don't think you could answer to that but I would be interested in hearing form those whos kids did get sick as to whether they had been vaccinated or not.