WICHITA, Kan. – A Wichita school reports one of its students has confirmed a case of whooping cough.
The student attends the Kelly Liberal Arts Academy in the 3100 block of S. Millwood in south Wichita. The school did not disclose the age or gender of the student. The school has students who attend grades pre-kindergarten through high school.
In a news release sent to parents of the children who attend that academy, school nurse Kim Klabenes said pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a contagious, bacterial, respiratory disease spread by direct face-to-face contact with an infected person who is coughing. An exposed person will show symptoms within three weeks. A person is contagious from the beginning of symptoms until three weeks after the onset of coughing. Pertussis causes children to cough violently and rapidly. Coughing fits can last for 10 weeks.
Symptoms of the illness include numerous, rapid coughs in a row, also known as paroxysmal coughing, vomiting after coughing, a severe cough lasting more than two weeks, and a “whooping sound when inhaling while coughing.
Anyone that has these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.