ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- A student within the Kinnikinnick schools is diagnosed with whooping cough, according to Superintendent Keli Freedlund.
This is the first confirmed case known in Winnebago County schools, following an outbreak at several Stephenson County schools.
The district is taking precautions due to the large volume of families that have siblings across the district.
Anyone who's been in contact with an infected person should be monitored for 21 days for respiratory symptoms.
Symptoms of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, usually develop within 5 to 10 days after being exposed. Some symptoms take up to three weeks to develop.
Early symptoms may include:
-Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
-Mild, occasional cough
-Apnea – a pause in breathing (in babies)
Traditional symptoms may include:
-Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound
-Vomiting (throwing up) during or after coughing fits
-Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits
If you happen to experience any of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider