A few students at Rowan University in South Jersey have been diagnosed with whooping cough. They've been sent off campus until they have been on antibiotics for five days. NBC10's Tim Furlong has more details from the campus in Glassboro.
Rowan University in South Jersey is dealing with whooping cough. A few students have been sent off campus until they are on antibiotics for five days.
The head of Rowan's Student Health Center says two students have confirmed cases of whooping cough and they believe a third confirmed case is coming, but RN Scott Woodside says this is not a major danger to students on the Glassboro campus. Woodside says there is a telltale symptom --
"A spastic cough that really takes your breath away and a lot of people vomit after they cough, that's the telltale sign of a pertussis case in an adult."
Whooping cough is worse for very small children and people with jeopardized immune systems. Rowan students who have it were treated with antibiotics. Once they've been on them for five days, they will be allowed to come back to campus. All of their roommates and close contacts are advised to take antibiotics as well just as a precaution. Other students have been told to scrub up and be smart if those around them are getting sick.