Natrona County health department confirms one case of whooping cough

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 1:15 PM CST
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UPDATE: A release sent out a press release confirming whooping cough was at Park Elementary school.

Natrona County health department confirmed one case of pertussis or whooping cough at a district school. Tanya Southerland, Natrona County School District public information officer, said they can’t release which school it was confirmed in, but parents were sent information if their child attends that school.

“In order to protect the student information that is required by law at this time we have not publicly disclosed the individual school name,” Southerland said.

Hailey Bloom, Casper-Natrona County Health Department public information officer said whooping cough is a bacterial infection spread by droplets from sneezing or coughing by someone that’s infected.

“The cough is more intense than the common cold. Usually, it induces vomiting after coughing,” Bloom said.

She added this is most dangerous to those who do not have the correct immunizations. Infants are also likely to catch whooping cough.

Whooping cough can be treated by antibiotics.

“After receiving the confirmation of whooping cough they will receive antibiotics and appropriate treatment and be excluded from school until they finish that treatment for a period of about five days,” Bloom said.

Bloom recommends that everyone is up to date on their vaccines and boosters and contact your healthcare provider or health department to do so.

Vaccinations for whooping cough are TDaP and DTaP.

“We are working with the school district and our other partners to ensure that all the messaging gets out to the people in the appropriate timelines and that we are protecting our community,” Bloom said.

“If any additional reports are received we will have those direct communications with parents and guardians,” Southerland said.

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