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.