Posted Friday, November 23, 2018 10:54 EST
Last Updated Friday, 23 November 2018 11:12 EST
Windsor's case of whooping cough occurred and the local health service sent a public alert.
The Windsor-Essex Health Department confirms that the case of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, has been identified in Vincent Massie's secondary school in the city.
Respiratory tract infection is highly contagious and can be transmitted within 20 days of first appearance of the symptoms.
Initial symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, fever and mild cough. After one to two weeks the disease will progress to bursts of "explosive cough" that can interrupt breathing, feeding and sleep – which can lead to fading, vomiting and exhaustion.
The cough can be followed by a loud, crowing sound or "donkey" sound that shows difficulty breathing. The cough can last for months until the body recovers.
According to a statement posted on the school's website, the donkey cough vaccine is part of a series given to children at two, four, six and 18 months, followed by another dose between 4 and 6 years and finally between 14 and 16 years of age. It is also recommended that people receive the vaccine again as an adult.
The Health Service recommends anyone who is not immune and may have come in contact with a Massey high school to visit a doctor. Pregnant women in the third trimester and those with a compromised immune system are also advised to visit a doctor if they are in contact with any of the school.
Those who experience symptoms of whooping cough should call the Health Service at 519-258-2146 x1420 between 8:30 and 17:30. from Monday to Friday.