December 20, 2014

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Two Avon students contract whooping cough

AVON — Two Avon Schools elementary school students have contracted whooping cough, Superintendent Mike Laub said Thursday.

Laub, who wouldn’t identify the children, citing a medical privacy law, said they were diagnosed Monday and Wednesday. He said both received antibiotics and are expected back in school soon.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a contagious, occasionally deadly respiratory tract infection that primarily affects children, according to the Mayo Clinic website. The disease causes intense coughing followed by breathing intake that sounds like a whoop.

Laub said the school district requires children to be vaccinated for whooping cough before enrollment. He said the children recently had been vaccinated but was told they contracted the disease after it mutated.

Laub said no other children have been diagnosed, but the district sent a letter to parents and posted a warning on its website. The letter said Avon Schools is working closely with the Lorain County General Health District monitoring the situation and urged parents to seek medical treatment for their children if they show symptoms of the disease.

“We want everybody to keep an extra eye on their children to make sure everyone is safe,” Laub said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.