Whooping cough cases reported at Jefferson Parish school

Whooping cough cases reported at Jefferson Parish school
Whooping cough bacteria (Source: CDC website)

METAIRIE, La. (WVUE) - At least five cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have struck students at Metairie Park Country Day School.

The five potential cases of pertussis have been identified by state health officials, the report said. There’s also a possible sixth case at the school.

The school released a statement Thursday:

"The health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. Metairie Park Country Day School officials continue to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and with a group of well-respected, local pediatricians to ensure we are taking the most appropriate measures and that we share the most pertinent, timely information with our school community. We continue to share updates with our community and to utilize enhanced sanitizing measures, as recommended by healthcare professionals. We once again remind parents to help us minimize the spread of illness by observing their child for signs of pertussis.”

The school informed parents about a confirmed case on May 6, the report said. About a week later, school officials confirmed to parents that four cases of pertussis were reported in a classroom that had a mix of third and fourth graders.

Two more cases in third and seventh grade were identified on Thursday. All of the students had been vaccinated, according to the letter.

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