District: Anderson Co. student diagnosed with whooping cough - FOX Carolina 21

District: Anderson Co. student diagnosed with whooping cough

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A student at Palmetto Elementary School was diagnosed with the highly contagious pertussis bacteria, according to Anderson County District One school officials.

In a statement released by the school district, the school was made aware of the diagnosis Saturday.

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease known for uncontrollable violent coughing, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It can be especially harmful in infants and small children.

The school district said Monday that they have been in touch with the Department of Health and Environmental Control regarding measures and procedures - which included notifying parents of the confirmed case, and also providing information from DHEC, addressing any parent's concerns.

According to the district and DHEC, at first, symptoms are similar to those of a common cold including a runny nose, sneezing, mild fever, occasional cough then one to two weeks after the first symptoms appear, the cough gradually becomes more severe.

Health officials said the hacking cough or cough spasm is often followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like "whoop," and some coughing spasms are so severe, they can lead to vomiting.

The district has also made a nurse available on-call to answer questions.

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