Families in the Freeport Area School District received an email informing them that one case of whooping cough has been confirmed as of Tuesday. According to the school, the student has already been treated.
Whooping cough, medically referred to as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory disease according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, the patient often needs to take deep breaths which result in a “whooping” sound.
According to te Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, whooping cough is increasing around the country, including Pennsylvania. York and Delaware counties have seen the largest increase this year, with most cases being diagnosed in the elementary and high school ages.
Typical symptoms begin with a cough and runny nose for 7-14 days, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits. Fever is rare.
Immunization is suggested for anyone ages 10-64 years old. TDaP boosters are also urged to be protected.
Consult your family physician for medical advice for you and your family.