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Whooping Cough Case at Harry S. Truman Elementary

Students at Harry S. Truman Elementary School may have been exposed over the last few days to a person who has pertussis, or whooping cough, according to Salisbury Township School District.

Salisbury Township School District has released the following bulletin:

"It has just come to our attention on November 15, 2012, that children may have been exposed to a person who has pertussis (whooping cough) over the past few days while at Harry S Truman Elementary School.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a whooping noise. However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop. People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching their breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough.

If you or child are coughing, promptly contact your physician. Explain to the doctor your child may have been exposed to a case of pertussis and you may need to be evaluated.

If you or your doctor has a question about pertussis, please call the Pennsylvania

Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH"

THOMAS P. TRINKLE November 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I know this disease well. Our son at 18 months contacted the deadly disease where under age 2 the death rate is 75%. The name comes from the sound of a crane sucking in air. Our son survived but had serious asthma. My wife took him to a swimming pool everyday from age 2. It was four years before recovery. I also contacted the disease due to mold in the house. Rushed to the ER of a major hospital. Suffered a broken chain reaction in the rib cage from the heavy coughing. In bed 3 months, windows taped shut, heater at 24 degrees centigrade running 24/7, due to severe coughing slept in a rocking chair the first month, 2 humidifiers running full blast 24/7. Enormous amount of drugs taken each day. This lethal disease is not the official reason for death. It is a heart attack from the stress of non-stop coughing, non-stop sucking in air trying to breathe, and the non-stop spitting up of sputum. Eventually "recovered" with a new problem of chronic bronchitis. It is contagious and that is important to understand.
THOMAS P. TRINKLE November 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I forgot one very important point. Really be careful of the medicine prescribed. Never allow anyone to give you suppressant medicine. That supposedly calms your coughing and keeps the sputum in the lungs. You need bronchodilator medicine. Not the spray but the oral pills plus a strong dosage of antibiotics. The disease is bacterial. Not a virus.

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