Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Outbreak Info

Pertussis Outbreak Info
Posted on 11/14/2017
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Hello CHHS Staff and Parents/Guardians,


The Medical Officer of Health has directed that this communication be sent out due to a confirmed case of pertussis in our school. Please see the information and precautions in the document attached and pasted below. Parents/Guardians, please review this information with your child/children.  Teachers, it may also be a good idea to review the highlights of this letter with your students as well. Thank you.


Mr. McFetridge

Principal- CHHS

November 13, 2017


Dear Staff, Parents and Guardians of Crescent Heights High School,  


Alberta Health Services Public Health has identified a confirmed case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at your school.  In order to prevent spread of disease to others and to protect yourself and your family, please review the following:


1.  If you or your child has symptoms of pertussis (whooping cough), please stay home from school, work, or any public place or social activity.


Whooping cough is caused by bacteria.  Common symptoms include:


· Starts as a cold with runny nose, sneezing, fever up to 39.4 degrees Celsius (103 degrees Fahrenheit), and mild cough. · The cough becomes gradually more severe with repetitive coughing spells, often followed by a whooping sound when the child is breathing in, and/or vomiting following a coughing spell. · Older children and adults may experience milder symptoms, such as a prolonged cough with or without coughing fits and no whoop.


Children under one year of age are especially vulnerable, and may need hospitalization to help recover from this illness.  Women who are in their last trimester of pregnancy are also at risk of spreading the illness to their newborn babies.


2.  Pertussis is treatable with antibiotics.  It is important that you contact your doctor if you suspect you, or your child has Pertussis.  Take this letter with you, so your doctor knows of the pertussis exposure and can do the proper testing (N/P swab), if indicated.


3. If you or your child is diagnosed with pertussis, stay home from school, work, church, public places and other social settings for 5 days after you have started antibiotics.  If treatment is not started, you must stay home for 21 days after the start of your symptoms.


4. Immunization is recommended to prevent infection or to reduce severity of illness.  Please contact your Public Health Clinic to inquire if your child(ren) is fully immunized and to make an appointment. 


5. For more information on Pertussis (Whooping Cough) go to this link from


Thank you for your attention to this important health issue. Sincerely,



Lizette Elumir, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC Medical Officer of Health Alberta Health Services – South Zone

 for Printable Letter Click Here

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