Pertussis case confirmed at Parker High

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Gazette staff
Friday, May 30, 2014

JANESVILLE—Rock County Health Department officials confirmed Friday a case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, at Parker High School this week.

“It's a mandatory reportable disease,” said Janet Zoellner, public health nursing director for the health department. “We are working with the district. It's an ongoing investigation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease known for uncontrollable, violet coughing which often makes it hard to breathe.

Zoellner said there has been at least one case of the disease and would not rule out additional cases to come.

“The first reported case came through yesterday (Thursday),” she said. “What we are doing is working with everyone who has been in contact with the confirmed case.”

The Janesville School District sent letters to parents notifying them of the case and the confirmed case has been removed from school, Zoellner said.

Last updated: 5:11 pm Friday, May 30, 2014

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