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November 28
letter for Pertussis

November 28, 2019

Dear parents/guardians,


This letter is to inform you that we have discovered through Public Health that we have had a case of pertussis (Whooping Cough) diagnosed at BMHS.

Public Health is looking into the situation. In situations where more cases have been confirmed, it has been Public Health’s practice to provide parents with additional information.

Pertussis is highly contagious. It can cause a severe cough that can last for months, but for infants under 1 year of age the disease can be deadly. For your information, we are enclosing a Fact Sheet on Pertussis.

 If your child develops, symptoms like those described in the fact sheet, please see your family physician or an after-hours clinic and inform him/her that your child may have come in contact with whooping cough.  Whooping cough is spread by coughing or contact with saliva and may cause severe disease in a young child.

If your physician suspects that your child has whooping cough, appropriate testing should be done to confirm the diagnosis. A positive result will allow Public Health to do further follow up to protect others who may be at risk for this disease.

According to Public Health’s guidelines, those infected with Pertussis should stay home from school until 5 days from the start of treatment or if no treatment is given until 3 weeks since the onset of cough or until the end of cough, whichever occurs first.

 If you have any questions, please contact your family physician or Public Health at 856-3220.