Six confirmed cases of whooping cough at Benton Central

Benton Central Junior-Senior High School is also battling whooping cough. We told you about the Tippecanoe School Corporation's pertussis outbreak Wednesday.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2018 11:48 AM
Updated: Dec. 13, 2018 10:47 PM

OXFORD, Ind (WLFI) — Benton Central Junior-Senior High School is also battling whooping cough. We told you about the Tippecanoe School Corporation's pertussis outbreak Wednesday.

Superintendent Gregg Hoover said there have been six confirmed cases so far. The corporation sent out letters informing all parents, including those in the elementary schools.

The letter explained whooping cough and ways to avoid contracting it. Hoover said the schools are taking extra precautions by disinfecting furniture and locker rooms more often.

Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection that is passed from person to person by coughing, sneezing or spending a lot of time close to an infected person. Officials say Pertussis can cause serious illness in babies, children, teens and adults.

Symptoms begin five-to-ten days after exposure and begin with cold-like symptoms, including runny nose, mild cough and fever. After one-to-two weeks, the symptoms change to coughing fits consisting of many, rapid coughs sometimes followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound, vomiting during or after coughing fits and exhaustion.

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