(WEAU) – Pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough has come to the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School.
“One case has been confirmed in the Eau Claire Montessori School and in a child. And we are currently contacting the family members of the child,” said Director of the Health Department, Richard Thoune.
Principal Todd Johnson sent a letter out to inform parents.
“We’re not really concerned about the epidemic or the case that's been reported at Montessori,| said parent, Dan Petty.
"Yeah we had immunizations so I think we’re ok, as far as I know were ok,” parent, Brooke Mortenson said.
Richard Thoune, Director of the Health Department has seen cases recently.
“We’re over 60 cases right since mid November 2011,” said Thoune.
The Health Department says whooping cough starts like a cold, but can turn into a more serious illness where the child has explosive coughing, makes it hard to catch their breath and even leads to throwing up and exhaustion.
It says more than half of babies with it will have to go to the hospital.
Both the Health Department and Walgreen's offers vaccines. Experts say there are precautions that can be taken at home as well.
“I told the girls to wash their hands and do that kind of thing,” said Mortenson.
“I continue to emphasize good personal hygiene and identifying children who need to be vaccinated. Keep your children vaccinated. That's really important,” said Thoune.