Whooping cough case at Victor Senior High School
Updated: Wednesday, October 16 2013, 06:42 PM EDT
Victor, N.Y. - The Victor Central School District has notified students, parents and staff that a student at the Victor Senior High School has been diagnosed with Pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
The information was posted on Victor Central School District’s website.
School officials do not believe this student had contact with students in the elementary school buildings. The district says it’s sharing the student’s diagnosis to make parents aware of the situation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of Pertussis begin with sneezing, a runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. However, within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and displays the signature "whoop" sound.
District officials say if your child is displaying these symptoms, you should "not send them to school until you have discussed the matter with your private healthcare provider."
Parents should contact their doctor and tell them that Pertussis was confirmed by the Ontario County Health Department in the Senior High School.
More information on Pertussis can be found here.
The original letter sent home by the Victor School District can be found here.