LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Health and school officials are alerting the public after six cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been reported at school in the northern suburbs.
Three students at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and three students at the School of Saints Faith Hope and Charity in Winnetka have been diagnosed with the infection.
Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory track infection, known for uncontrollable and violent coughing, making it difficult to breathe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can be very serious, or deadly, for babies less than a year old, according to the CDC.
The staff at The School of Saints Faith Hope and Charity in Winnetka sent a note out Thursday alerting parents of the highly contagious illness. The school nurse is urging parents to watch for symptoms.
At Stevenson, the latest case involves a student who was in attendance at the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Sept. 21.
According to the school's website, students who have had a persistent cough recently should be taken to their medical provider for evaluation.
Parents and guardians should tell the doctor that pertussis has been reported at Stevenson, and to report a possible pertussis infection to the school’s nurses.
Parents with questions should call their student's medical provider or call the Stevenson nurse's office at (847) 415-4000, using ext. 4025, ext. 4028, ext. 4019 or ext. 4039.