INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—A case of pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, was confirmed by Heritage Christian School officials this week.
Parents were notified Wednesday after a high school student tested positive for the highly contagious bacterial disease. The student reportedly suffered a mild case.
School officials said they contacted the Marion County Health Department following the diagnosis and followed protocol laid out by health officials.
Parents were notified within 24 hours after the whooping case was confirmed.
Symptoms of whooping cough can start off mild, but later develop into severe coughing episodes, which can produce a high-pitched “whooping” sound. Pertussis vaccines are effective, but it is still possible to contract the disease. School officials said the student was vaccinated.