Polo High School confirms case of whooping cough

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OGLE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Polo High School is the second school with at least one confirmed case of whooping cough in Ogle County.

The Polo Community School District shared a letter Friday afternoon on Facebook alerting parents of at least one confirmed case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

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

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.