BURLINGTON — Lewis Mills Middle School has one confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough.
Region 10, Burlington and Harwinton School officials sent an electronic message home to parents Friday.
The email notes that the disease spreads through air contaminated by respiratory secretions of an infected person, which means people must be in close proximity for the disease to spread.
Alan Beitman, Superintendent of Schools wrote “I am writing to inform you that there is a single confirmed case of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) in Region 10 Schools.
District nurses have been in conduct with the Connecticut Department of Health. At this time, there are no specific recommendations for children in our schools.
The purpose of this letter is to provide information to parents, guardians and staff regarding the signs and symptoms of pertussis. If your child has symptoms or develops
symptoms compatible with pertussis, it is important to contact your child’s health care provider. It is also a good idea to make sure your child is up to date on his or
her vaccines to protect against pertussis.”
Known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children.
The term “whooping cough” comes from the sound people make as they take deep breaths after a fit of coughing.
Coughing fits can recur for 10 weeks or more.