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Officials Confirm Another Case of Pertussis in Ashland School District

Officials say another case of pertussis has been confirmed in the Ashland School District.

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017 4:10 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 1:42 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. – Officials say another case of pertussis has been confirmed in the Ashland School District.

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In a letter to parents on Friday, the district says employees and students may have had contact with a person with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, during the first week of October.

Health officials confirmed the first case of pertussis during the first few weeks of school in mid-September.

Authorities say the disease is caused by a bacteria and can have serious complications, especially for infants under one year of age, pregnant women and those with weak immune systems. They say it can easily be transmitted from person to person. 

Health officials say the first cold-like symptoms appear in about 10 days. After it goes away, a cough begins and can trigger a gag reflex, vomiting or take your breath away. 

The district writes that regardless of vaccination status, children with symptoms need to stay home from school until they are treated and no longer contagious. 

Authorities say pertussis can be prevented by vaccine, which is now available at Jackson County Health and Human Services. The building is located at 140 S. Holly Street in Medford and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. 

 If you have any additional questions about whooping cough or possible exposure, contact your doctor or the health department at 541-774-8045.

 

 

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