November 23, 2018 at 20:30
A confirmed case of convulsive cough was identified at Massey High School.
The Windsor-Essex Health Unit sent a letter to parents, guardians and students warning that coughing is an extremely contagious infection of the respiratory tract caused by a bacteria that causes severe coughing.
The health unit said coughing starts with cold-like symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, low fever, and occasional mild cough, and usually lasts for up to two weeks, then worsens with numerous explosive cough explosions that may interrupt breathing, and sleeping and is often followed by gagging, vomiting and exhaustion. Health officials have added that coughing can be followed by a heavy cock or a "whistle" that sounds as people struggle to breathe. They said the fever is absent or minimal, and the cough can take a few weeks or maybe months.
Infected people can spread bacteria in the air when coughing, kneeling or talking, and can be passed on to others for up to 20 days after the symptoms occur. The health unit added that the disease can affect people of all ages, but it is the most dangerous for children and young children. Residents are asked to immunize to eliminate the risk of getting sick.
Health officials have said that you should contact your doctor if you think you or your child has come into contact with a convulsive cough and have developed respiratory symptoms.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Unit 519-258-2146 ext. 1420 during work hours or visit their website at www.wechu.org.