Health department investigating reported case of whooping cough at Statesville HS


AFTER A WET NIGHT, WE WILL TALK RAIN TOTALS. TEMPERATURES HOLDING IN THE 40s. A HEADS UP TONIGHT FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN THE AREA AS A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL IS DEALING WITH A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS BACTERIAL DISEASE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHOOPING COUGH WHICH CAN LAST 10 WEEKS IF NOT TREATED. WE ARE LIVE OUTSIDE OF STATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. YOU JUST GOT A STATEMENT FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ABOUT THIS CASE. THE STATEMENT CONFIRMING THAT THERE IS A CONFIRMED CASE HERE AT STATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. WE FOUND OUT EARLIER TODAY THAT THE STUDENT HERE HAS UNDERGONE TREATMENT. THIS PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT SHOWED US THE VACCINE MOST CHILDREN GET TO PREVENT WHOOPING COUGH BEFORE THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO GO TO SCHOOL. THE INITIAL SYMPTOMS ARE SIMILAR TO THE COMMON COLD WITH A SLIGHT FEVER BUT IT IS OFTEN FOLLOWED BY WEEKS OF COUGHING AND EVEN VOMITING. IT IS A SPORADIC COUGH. A LETTER SENT BY THE PRINCIPAL AT STATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SAYS THAT THE IREDELL COUNTY STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL TO IDENTIFY STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. IF YOUR CHILD IS IDENTIFIED AS HAVING CLOSE CONTACT, THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED WITH A SEPARATE LETTER. OUTSIDE STATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, WE SPOKE WITH STUDENTS WHO WERE UNAWARE SOMEONE CONTRACTED THE DISEASE OR KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE ILLNESS. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GET WHOOPING COUGH EACH YEAR IN NORTH CAROLINA. THE DISEASE AFFECTS THE AIRWAYS AND IS EASILY SPREAD FROM PERSON-TO-PERSON BY COUGHING OR SNEEZING. IT CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR INFANTS OR PEOPLE WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS. ALL THE PARENTS SENDING THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK, KEEP YOUR KIDS AT HOME AND WELL TO PREVENT OTHER KIDS FROM GETTING SICK. EXPERTS SAID THE BEST PROTECTION AND ALL OF THIS IS THE VACCINATION AND MAKING SURE THAT YOUR FAMILY’S VACCINATIONS ARE UP-TO- DATE. BACK TO YOU. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE ON THAT. THIS IS ALSO KNOWN AS PERTUSSIS. AND IT CAN AFFECT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. IT CAN BE SERIOUS OR EVEN DEADLY FOR BABIES LESS THAN A-YEAR-OLD. THE CDC SEES BETWEEN 10000- 50,000 CASES

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