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Anderson One Student Diagnosed With Whooping Cough

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An elementary school student in Anderson has been diagnosed with Pertussis, or whooping cough.

Anderson School District One says the child is a student at Palmetto Elementary School.

Whooping cough is caused by bacteria and is highly contagious.  It is especially dangerous for infants and children under 5 years of age.

School officials say they found out on Saturday and contacted state health officials as soon as it was verified.  The district also notified parents and staff.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control advises that if your child develops a cold that includes a prolonged or severe cough, it may be whooping cough.  If that is the case, DHEC says to see your healthcare provider.

DHEC also has provided the following information to the district about the disease:

  • Whooping cough is a serious, highly contagious disease caused by bacteria that can be especially dangerous for infants and children under 5 years of age.
  • It is spread when people come into contact with the respiratory droplets of an infected person. It is very contagious and can spread, on average to 80 percent of those coming in contact with a sick person.
  • Most children under 6 years of age have received a series of shots to protect them from whooping cough.  However, that protection wears off in 5-10 years. That makes older children, teens, and adults more likely to contract the infection and spread it to others
  • At first, symptoms are very similar to those of a common cold: runny nose, sneezing, mild fever, occasional cough. 
  • One to two weeks after the first symptoms appear:
    • The cough gradually becomes more severe.
    • A hacking cough or cough spasm is often followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like "whoop."
    • Some coughing spasms are so severe, they can lead to vomiting.
    • This advanced stage of the disease can last up to six weeks before the symptoms begin to gradually disappear.
  • Adolescents and adults often have milder disease (cold symptoms with a prolonged cough, commonly without the classic "whoop").  
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