ADDITIONAL CASES OF PERTUSSIS HAVE BEEN REPORTED
(December 3, 2013-RCSD) PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE CONTINUE TO HAVE NEW CASES OF PERTUSSIS IN THE RIVERHEAD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT. The cases are not limited to one school. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory illness that is spread through the air by cough from an infected individual. . . > ENTIRE LETTER / > PERTUSSIS INFO / QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
(November 13, 2013-Riverhead High School) There has been a case of Pertussis reported at Riverhead High School. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory illness that is spread through the air by coughing from an infected individual. A person with Pertussis is infectious for 21 days from the start of the cough, or until he/she has been on 5 full days of appropriate antibiotic therapy. Children and adults may be susceptible and still develop Pertussis even if they are up-to-date with their vaccinations as immunity to Pertussis wanes over the years. Pertussis illness is particularly dangerous and can be fatal to infants who are not fully immunized. Pertussis in older children and adults may present milder symptons, particularly if previously immunized. > ENTIRE LETTER / > PERTUSSIS INFO / QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Information about pertussis is available below and at the school health office which can be reached at 369-6748. We also encourage you to contact your primary health care provider with any further questions. Visit the following websites:
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