Whooping cough case reported at Canyon Ridge High School

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Twin Falls School District reports one case of whooping cough at Canyon Ridge High School.

According to a news release sent out Friday morning, the school works with local health officials to monitor the situation. The school will remain open and operate normally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pertussis — also known as whooping cough — is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing which can make breathing hard.

The school district said letters will be sent home with CRHS students to parents with information about the case. School staff have been directed to diligently clean and sanitize surfaces throughout the building to help curb the spread of the disease and other potential illnesses.

The district, along with South Central Public Health District, recommend students who develop symptoms of pertussis to stay home and see a physician. People are also urged to practice healthy habits like hand washing in light of flu session.

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