A student at Cedar Park Middle School was diagnosed with whooping cough earlier this week and Leander ISD recommended parents check with a doctor to determine if their children were exposed to the highly-contagious respiratory disease.
“A child in your school has pertussis, otherwise known as ‘whooping cough.’ Our office has been working with the school’s administration to prevent further spread of this disease. The following are recommendations that we ask you to follow without delay to protect your child and family:
Parents are advised to consult with their child’s physician due to this pertussis exposure for medical care other than observation for signs of pertussis,” a notice sent to parents read.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe.
In the letter to parents, LISD officials urged parents to observe all household members for the symptoms described in an information sheet distributed in both English and Spanish.
“If signs and symptoms develop in a household member, please contact your physician for evaluation and possible treatment. Be sure to mention your child's exposure to pertussis and provide your physician this letter,” the notice continued.
The district said it is working with the Travis County Health and Human Services Department to prevent the illness from spreading further in the school.
School officials also advised parents to check immunization records and obtain “age-appropriate pertussis-containing tetanus/diphtheria vaccine” for any adult or child in the household who is under-immunized or has not been immunized.
Parents are also urged to notify the school and district administration office if anyone in the household is suspected of having pertussis.
“If your physician suspects you or your child has pertussis, please do not attend school until you/your child has been cleared to return by the physician and health department,” the letter to parents concluded, adding the district phone number (512) 972-5555 for additional questions.