The Cape May County Health Department is warning parents that an Ocean City Intermediate School student may have a case of whooping cough (or Pertussis).
The illness is contagious, and parents should contact a doctor if they suspect their child may have symptoms.
A notification posted on the Ocean City School District website on Tuesday (Oct. 16) is as follows:
"This afternoon, our School District received notification that there is one possible case of Pertussis, or whooping cough, at the Intermediate School. The School District immediately contacted the Cape May County Health Department and was informed that this is not a confirmed case but to direct families to contact their family doctor if they have questions.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an upper respiratory infection. Symptoms can include severe coughing, a runny nose, slight fever (102 F or lower), and diarrhea. In children, the cough will end with a “whoop” noise. This sound is produced when the child tries to take a breath. This cough typically lasts two to three weeks. Pertussis is part of the DPT immunization.
Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your family doctor."