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
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.