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Health & Fit Whooping cough outbreak closes Texas school despite 100-percent vaccination rate: Officials

17:16  19 december  2019
17:16  19 december  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Plano and Frisco school officials said they share immunization information with parents. While there have been some reported cases of illnesses such Frisco ISD officials say campus-level information is available to those who submit public information requests. Frisco schools spokesman Jamie Driskill

Whooping cough , also known as pertussis or 100 -day cough , is a highly contagious bacterial disease. Initially, symptoms are usually similar to those of the common cold with a runny nose, fever

An outbreak of the highly contagious whooping cough has forced one school in Houston, Tex., to close its doors early for the holiday break.

  Whooping cough outbreak closes Texas school despite 100-percent vaccination rate: Officials © Hailshadow/Getty Images

St. Theresa Catholic School in Memorial Park will be closed until Jan. 6 due to the outbreak, which has affected students and staff alike. Some children have been hospitalized as a result, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The first case was confirmed on Dec. 4. The community and the Texas Department of State Health Services were subsequently notified. It’s not clear how many people are affected.

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Texas health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that infants and women in their third trimester of pregnancy receive the Similar to the recent measles outbreak experienced in Texas , the whooping cough outbreak can be partly attributed to the state’s

CDC and AAP officials have only themselves to blame for pediatricians sticking their heads in the sand when the message they have put out for 50 years Clearly, for the recently vaccinated pre- school children in Florida up to date on their DTaP shots, the pertussis vaccine prevented whooping cough

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a very contagious disease that spreads through coughing or sneezing. It can take up to three weeks for symptoms to appear. Late-stage symptoms may include rapid coughing followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound, vomiting and exhaustion.

Officials with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said that 100 percent of students who attend St. Theresa Catholic School are vaccinated against the illness. That said, those who have received the whooping cough vaccine can sometimes still contract the disease if they are exposed. If this occurs, the symptoms are typically milder, however.

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"It is my prayer that we have no more children hospitalized due to the spread of this disease," Rev. Phil Lloyd, pastor at St. Theresa Catholic School, said in a letter sent to parents, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Fox News' Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

Minnesota infant dies of whooping cough, first such death in state in 7 years .
Minnesota health officials this week announced a whooping cough-related death of an infant in the state. © Dr_Microbe/Getty ImagesIn a news release on Wednesday, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health said the infant was diagnosed with whooping cough, also known as pertussis, in August and died in November. The infant, who was not identified, was hospitalized for three months before passing away. The pediatric whooping cough-related death is the first in the state since 2013 and was only recently confirmed by health officials.

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