Communication Notice (recommended to be distributed if two or more cases are present)
This letter is to inform you that pertussis, also known as whooping cough has been identified in our school. This disease is spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from an infected person. These droplets can also be released into the air by talking, coughing or sneezing.
The symptoms to watch for are 1-2 weeks of a runny nose, cough that is often high pitched with a “whoop” sound, low grade fever, vomiting with coughing, and difficulty catching their breath, which can be worse at night and persist for weeks to months. Steps to prevent an infection should always be followed. Please remind your child to practice proper hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into their sleeve, discard used kleenexes properly and we ask you keep your child home any time they show any symptoms of illness. Immunization will also significantly reduce risk.
If you would like more information, please check out the fact sheet at: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/whooping-cough.asp
For specific questions, contact a health care provider, 811 or Public Health.