Whooping cough at Cumberland High

Whooping cough at Cumberland High

CUMBERLAND – A letter went home to parents this week asking them to watch for symptoms of pertussis, or whooping cough, after a case was reported at Cumberland High School.

According to the letter, just one student had been diagnosed but it is a contagious disease that's spread through coughing and sneezing. It can be life-threatening to infants.

Parents are asked to keep students with symptoms home from school and school activities and to check vaccination records to be sure they are up to date. The booster shot, called Tdap, is required for students entering 7th-grade.

Pertussis had already been reported in the Glocester school system and other schools around the state.