Confirmed case of whooping cough at Lake Forest Elementary

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A Greenville County Schools spokesperson said one student from Lake Forest Elementary School has been diagnosed with whooping cough.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection marked by its distinct cough.

The district said the student has been absent from school since Sept. 19 and all parents have been notified by phone and made aware of the symptoms.

The Mayo Clinic reports that symptoms of whooping cough appear seven to 10 days after the infection. The primary preventative measure against whooping cough is the vaccine, typically given to children ages 2 months to 6 years old.

Students will take home an official letter from the Department of Health and Environmental Control today.

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