Home Health Schools in Sarpy and Douglas county now report cases of whooping cough

Schools in Sarpy and Douglas county now report cases of whooping cough

Bellevue Public Schools confirmed Friday that one student has been diagnosed with whooping cough. The child is a sixth-grader at Wake Robin Elementary. The district says a deep-cleaning will be performed in all buildings this weekend. That information comes as two students in the Millard Public Schools system have also been diagnosed with whooping cough.The illness, formally known as pertussis, is highly contagious. KETV NewsWatch 7 spoke with the Douglas County Health Department Friday. Officials there said cases are reported every month. “It kind of varies but it’s really just a few every month,” DCHD Senior Epidemiologist Ann O’Keefe said. The Health Department warns people who have been exposed to take this disease seriously. They recommend visiting a health care provider if symptoms arise and even consider taking a preventative antibiotic . “If they just have a cough, they might not go to the doctor, but if they have the letter from the Health Department saying they were exposed to whooping cough, they can take that with them to the doctor,” O’Keefe said. O’Keefe said adults won’t necessarily know they have the disease and could easily spread it to children. “It could just be a nagging cough. You might think you’ve got bronchitis and really it’s whooping cough,” O’Keefe said. O’Keefe stressed protecting the most vulnerable from exposure. Infants cannot receive the vaccine until they’re at least 2 months old. This leaves them susceptible to the potentially deadly disease. A spokesperson with Millard Public Schools said one of the students diagnosed is an eighth grader at Kiewit Middle School. The second student diagnosed attends Abbott Elementary School. Millard Public Schools stated that custodial crews will be deep cleaning both Abbot Elementary School and Kiewit Middle School.Students and staff at those schools should watch for respiratory symptoms between now and Thursday, Nov. 21. If symptoms arise, you should contact your health care provider immediately. If you are at high risk of developing severe illness or if you’ve had prolonged contact with someone who is at high risk, talk to your doctor about getting a preventative antibiotic. DCHD says high-risk individuals include: Infants and pregnant womenPeople with pre-existing health conditions like compromised immune systems and those with moderate to severe asthma People who have close contact with infants, pregnant women, or individuals with pre-existing conditionsAnyone in high-risk settings that include infants or women in the third trimester of pregnancy (including workers in childcare settings, NICUs, and maternity wards)If you have questions, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-7214.

OMAHA, Neb. —

Bellevue Public Schools confirmed Friday that one student has been diagnosed with whooping cough.

The child is a sixth-grader at Wake Robin Elementary. The district says a deep-cleaning will be performed in all buildings this weekend.

That information comes as two students in the Millard Public Schools system have also been diagnosed with whooping cough.

The illness, formally known as pertussis, is highly contagious.

KETV NewsWatch 7 spoke with the Douglas County Health Department Friday. Officials there said cases are reported every month.

“It kind of varies but it’s really just a few every month,” DCHD Senior Epidemiologist Ann O’Keefe said.

The Health Department warns people who have been exposed to take this disease seriously. They recommend visiting a health care provider if symptoms arise and even consider taking a preventative antibiotic .

“If they just have a cough, they might not go to the doctor, but if they have the letter from the Health Department saying they were exposed to whooping cough, they can take that with them to the doctor,” O’Keefe said.

O’Keefe said adults won’t necessarily know they have the disease and could easily spread it to children.

“It could just be a nagging cough. You might think you’ve got bronchitis and really it’s whooping cough,” O’Keefe said.

O’Keefe stressed protecting the most vulnerable from exposure. Infants cannot receive the vaccine until they’re at least 2 months old. This leaves them susceptible to the potentially deadly disease.

A spokesperson with Millard Public Schools said one of the students diagnosed is an eighth grader at Kiewit Middle School. The second student diagnosed attends Abbott Elementary School.

Millard Public Schools stated that custodial crews will be deep cleaning both Abbot Elementary School and Kiewit Middle School.

Students and staff at those schools should watch for respiratory symptoms between now and Thursday, Nov. 21.

If symptoms arise, you should contact your health care provider immediately.

If you are at high risk of developing severe illness or if you’ve had prolonged contact with someone who is at high risk, talk to your doctor about getting a preventative antibiotic.

DCHD says high-risk individuals include:

  • Infants and pregnant women
  • People with pre-existing health conditions like compromised immune systems and those with moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have close contact with infants, pregnant women, or individuals with pre-existing conditions
  • Anyone in high-risk settings that include infants or women in the third trimester of pregnancy (including workers in childcare settings, NICUs, and maternity wards)

If you have questions, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-7214.

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