Parents at Rockford School District 205’s RESA Middle School have been notified that a person at the school has been diagnosed with Pertussis, better known as Whooping Cough. RPS 205 officials would not confirm whether the person infected was a student or staff member.
The disease is highly contagious by sneezing and coughing, and so beyond the person infected, people in close contact with them may need to be treated with antibiotics even if they have been vaccinated for the Pertussis.
The Rockford School District asks people to be alert for the following symptoms.
- Runny nose
- Low-grade fever
If left untreated, the disease gradually becomes more severe and may lead to vomiting.
Anyone exhibiting symptoms should contact their doctor immediately and stay home from school or work.
Parents with questions can call the nurse at their child’s school, the Rockford Public Schools Health Services Office at 815-966-5254, or the Winnebago County Health Department at 815-720-4050.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to report that Rockford Public Schools did not disclose whether the person infected was a staff member or student.