Whooping cough confirmed at second Kettering school

A case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been confirmed at Van Buren Middle School.

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The school was notified by Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County about the case, according to a newsletter obtained by News Center 7.

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This is the second school in Kettering to report a case of whooping cough in less than a week.

On Friday, Orchard Park Elementary School confirmed a case.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can causes serious complications, especially for infants and young children.

It is spread through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.

Early symptoms are similar to a cold, such as a mild cough or fever, before progressing to severe coughing fits that can make it difficult to breathe.

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Infants and babies with whooping cough may gag and gasp instead as coughing. They also might show signs of apnea, a pause in their breathing pattern.

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Anyone with symptoms should consult their doctor. Van Buren students showing any symptoms should advise their doctor that they have been exposed to the infection, according to the school.

There are pertussis vaccines for infants, children, teens and adults. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP, and the pertussis booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap.

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