Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Montgomery County High School Student Comes Down With Whooping Cough

A suburban Philadelphia school district sent a letter home to parents Thursday after a high school student came down with pertussis.

Montgomery County Health Department officials confirmed that a Wissahickon High School student came down with the illness commonly known as whooping cough.

School officials didn’t reveal the age or year of the student sickened with the highly contagious respiratory disease, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says often brings uncontrollable coughs that make it hard to breathe.

In a letter sent home to parents, school district officials laid out signs of the disease and offered tips, including keeping young children away from anyone who might be sick.

The school said that anyone with questions or who see symptoms should call the county health department at (610) 278-5117.

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