Case of whooping cough confirmed in Center Grove school corporation

A Center Grove school bus driver may have exposed students to whooping cough, according to Johnson County Health Department officials.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is an infection of the respiratory system.

In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, Center Grove Community School Corporation Superintendent Richard Arkanoff said one confirmed case of pertussis was identified within the school corporation.

Arkanoff stated the bus driver’s son, a student at Center Grove High School, was also treated as a precaution.

The superintendent urged parents to look for symptoms of the infection, which are similar to the common cold.  Whooping cough can cause a runny nose, sneezing, mild cough and low-grade fever.  After a couple of weeks, the cough can evolve into coughing spells.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and can become airborne if an infected person sneezes, coughs or laughs. Arkanoff asked parents to not send their children to school if they showed any symptoms of the infection.
For more information on pertussis, visit this site.

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