UPDATE: The school district says that parents and guardians of students at the affected school have been notified directly. NCSD says that if additional reports or information come in, they will communicate directly with parents and guardians and will communicate that information with the community.
CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District has received confirmation from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department of a confirmed case of whooping cough at a district school.
The name of the exact school was not released.
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Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, especially for infants and young children. The disease is spread by respiratory material containing the bacteria from an infected person who sneezes or coughs.
“In its early stages, whooping cough appears to be similar to the common cold,” a School District statement said Wednesday. “But as it develops, the coughing fits can be so severe that patients can’t eat or sleep normally. Pertussis symptoms usually start within 5 to 10 days after exposure to an infected person but may take as long as 21 days.”
The school district asks residents if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of pertussis as described above, we strongly recommend you contact your healthcare provider to see if pertussis could be causing the illness.
“The ill person must stay home from school until pertussis has been excluded or they have received an appropriate antibiotic for at least 5 days,” the district advises. “It is also important that staff who may have pertussis stay home.”
The district says the primary responsibility of a child’s health and school attendance resides with the parent or guardian.
The Natrona County School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, staff, and school visitors. We will be working closely with the Casper-Natrona County Health Department to monitor this situation in our community and together will provide information as it is available.