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Nov 16, 2015 10:33 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Case Of Whooping Cough Discovered At Springs School

Nov 16, 2015 12:39 PM

A case of whooping cough was identified at Springs School last week, and a message was posted to the school’s website.

The Springs School nurse Debra Gherardi said the school was alerted by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services last week after the student’s doctor reported the case. The student in question was out of school and on antibiotics for five days, returning to school on Monday morning with a full recovery, according to Ms. Gherardi.

Although there was only one case, Ms. Gherardi said all other students are being monitored for any symptoms.

Whooping cough, otherwise known as Pertussis infection, is highly contagious and is spread through the air from coughing. It is particularly dangerous to infants and can be contracted by adults who are not up to date on their Pertussis immunizations.

Once a susceptible individual is exposed to Pertussis, it may take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop with incubation lasting as long as 42 days in rare cases, said the Suffolk County Department of Health.

The Springs School, along with East Hampton Middle School, also had a singular case in April 2012. According to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, there were at least 157 cases in Suffolk County from January to April of that year.

In 2014 there were 32,971 cases of pertussis reported to the Center For Disease Control.

For information visit at http://www.springsschool.org/.

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i am under the impression that children have to be immunized before being enrolled at school!...or is this now not the case?
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Nov 17, 15 11:37 AM
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