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Pertussis - Whooping Cough (Vaccine Preventable)


Bacterial, (B. pertussis)

Signs and Symptoms

Early signs and symptoms are similar to those of a cold with runny nose, slight fever, sneezing and an irritating cough that becomes violent. Repeated coughing without intervening inhalation and characterized by a crowing sound or “whoop”. Bacterial disease involving the respiratory tract.

Incubation Period

7 to 10 days

Mode of Transmission

Primarily by direct contact with discharges from respiratory tract of infected persons by airborne droplets.

Period of Communicability

1 week before to 3 weeks after the cough

Preventive Measures

Immunization of all children with diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) immunization, according to the current guidelines.

Implications for School

Exclude from school. Student must have doctor’s note to return to school. Report case to Student Health Services immediately at  #___________________

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