The Coeur d'Alene School District is circulated an email Thursday warning parents of Lakes Magnet Middle School that their children might have been exposed to whooping cough. The email read as follows:
We want to inform you that your child may have been exposed to pertussis (whooping cough) at Lakes Magnet Middle School. The Panhandle Health District contacted us with one confirmed case of pertussis. If your child has or develops an illness with a cough that lasts more than a week, it is important to contact your doctor immediately. Pertussis is usually spread by repeated indoor face-to-face contact or close contact for an hour or more with someone who is sick with the disease. Anyone, even someone who doesn’t know they were exposed to pertussis, should see a doctor if they have one or more of the following symptoms:
- A cough that is lasting more than a week
- A long series of coughing that makes it difficult to catch your breath (coughing fits)
- Coughing fits that are followed by a whooping noise or vomiting.