Whooping cough strikes Wellesley High

Wellesley High has informed its community that two cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have been confirmed at the school. The school stressed that parents/guardians should not be alarmed, but should be on the lookout for symptoms, as the bacteria-borne illness can be passed along through close contact via sneezing/coughing/talking.

Pertussis symptoms can range from mild to severe, usually beginning with cold-like symptoms and sometimes turning into uncontrollable coughing fits. It can take 4-6 weeks to get rid of it. The main treatment is plenty of rest and fluids and antibiotics.

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