Rochelle confirms case of whooping cough; third school district in Ogle County

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ROCHELLE, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rochelle School District is the third in Ogle County to confirm at least one case of whooping cough.

The school district shared a letter Monday afternoon informing parents that there was at least one confirmed case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The Ogle County Health Department also confirmed an one case of whooping cough at Oregon High School last week. Officials told 23 News that at least 12 students were affected by that outbreak.

The Polo Community School District also said there was at least outbreak of whooping cough as of Friday.

Symptoms of 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.