A few cases of whooping cough found in the Baldwinsville school district

The Baldwinsville Central School District is seeing a few cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping couch, in their schools.

Nearly all students within the district are vaccinated against whooping cough, the district says.

Pertussis is classified as a vaccine-preventable disease.

The disease causes a hacking or dry cough that can last weeks or even months. It may begin like a common cold where symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough usually becomes more severe and may be followed by a high pitched “whoop” sound.

The district says that their custodial staff members have taken extra measures to disinfect classrooms and common areas in the schools.

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