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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Spending time in such close quarters increases the risk for pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory disease that is characterized by uncontrollable, violent coughing.
Pertussis is spread when people cough or sneeze near others, who then proceed to breathe in the pertussis bacteria. Symptoms resemble the common cold and typically appear between seven and 20 days after exposure. A runny nose and low fever are the first signs; after about 10 days, persistent and violent coughing fits develop. If students start experiencing a minor cough that does not interfere with sleeping or activities, they likely have a viral upper respiratory infection and not pertussis.
Preventing pertussis is possible through vaccination. Avoiding those who have cold symptoms or those who are coughing can help protect students as well.
If you think you or someone you know may already have contracted pertussis, don’t worry. It can be treated with antibiotics, which will help prevent the spread of the disease to others. Even after treatment, coughing can continue for up to six weeks. If you come down with pertussis, you will need to be isolated from school, work, or similar activities until you have completed at least the first five days of antibiotic therapy.
If you believe you may have pertussis, make an appointment at UHS by calling 608-265-5600 or online through MyUHS. Urgent medical advice is also available 24 hours a day by calling 608-265-5600 (option 1).
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html.