Student comes down with whooping cough at Whitefish Bay High School

Posted: 9:20 PM, May 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-03 02:20:36Z

WHITEFISH BAY-- A Whitefish Bay High School student has been diagnosed with whooping cough (also known as pertussis), according to a letter sent home to parents. 

According to the letter, the child was up to date with their immunizations but still caught the disease. Other children at the school may have been exposed during the last two weeks. 

Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial disease that begins with cold symptoms and a cough that gets progressively worse over 1-2 weeks.

Whitefish Bay Schools are urging parents whose children get colds to contact a doctor immediately and have them test for whooping cough, making sure to tell them that there is a case at their school. WFBS says that the child must stay home until they know whether or not they have whooping cough.