Blaine County School District reports Whooping Cough outbreak

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Hailey, IDAHO (KMVT/KSVT) — Blaine County School District is reporting several students have come down with pertussis or whooping cough. South Central Public Health District has confirmed the cases and is warning parents to check for symptoms.

The disease is spread by contact with droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing, and symptoms usually develop one to two weeks after contact with someone contagious with pertussis.

The disease is especially dangerous for infants and children under the age of one.

"Contact your primary care provider. It's important that they are up to date on their vaccines so you can check with your primary care provider about that; and then also you look at those symptoms," said Christi Dawson-Skuza, a epidemiologist with the South Central Public Health District.

Symptoms include persistent cough that follows a cold, which usually comes in explosive bursts ending with a high-pitched whoop as the person catches their breath.
The cough can last for four to six weeks.

People are contagious for three weeks if untreated and five days after treatment begins.

There is a vaccine, and most children by the time the enter school should have had 5 doses.

SCPHD has pertussis immunizations available for babies, adolescents, and adults. Immunizations are available by appointment at all SCPHD offices in:

Bellevue: 788-4335
Gooding: 934-4477
Jerome: 324-8838
Mini-Cassia: 678-8221
Twin Falls: 737-5966

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