Health
4:33 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Two Cases Of Whooping Cough Confirmed In Rockford Schools

Rockford school district officials have confirmed two cases of whooping cough. A letter was sent home this week to families of students at Rolling Green Elementary School and Swan Hillman Elementary School about a case of pertussis found at each school.

Bordetella pertussis bacteria, which is the etiologic pathogen for pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Bordetella pertussis bacteria, which is the etiologic pathogen for pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Credit CDC

CDC: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The affected people are being treated and are not in school. The bacteria is highly contagious and can be easily spread through coughing and sneezing. People in close contact with children or adults diagnosed with pertussis may also need to be treated with antibiotics.