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Whooping cough in Pawtucket school

October 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at the Henry J. Winters Elementary School, and state health officials and Pawtucket School officials say they have been actively managing the situation.
According to an advisory issued Thursday from the Rhode Island Department of Health, two cases of whooping cough, known as pertussis, had been detected at the Winters School on Broadway. It was recommended that all children in the self-contained classroom receive preventative treatment with antibiotics. Public health nurses reached out to the approximately 20 students in the class and directed them to their pediatrician, family physician or nurse practitioner.
Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said that in cases such as this which involves a communicable illness, the School Department “follows the Health Department's directions to a T.” She said that parents of children in the affected classroom were all contacted and then letters were sent out schoolwide urging parents to be on the lookout for any pertussis symptoms. She also noted that extra cleaning had been done throughout the school and teachers were reminding students to wash their hands frequently and to take other precautions to stop the spread of germs.

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