Whooping cough confirmed at Dixon Public Schools, fourth stateline district

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon Public Schools confirmed at least one case of whooping cough in the school district.

The district notified parents of the positive test on Monday.

Schools and school districts in Oregon, Polo and Rochelle have also confirmed cases of whooping cough since last week.

The district is working with the Lee County Health Department to clean and sanitize the school buildings.

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:

-Runny nose
-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.

For more information on whooping cough, contact the Ogle County Health Department at 815-562-6976.