8th case of pertussis confirmed at OPRF

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

The running tally of pertussis, or whooping cough, diagnoses at Oak Park and River Forest High School has hit eight, OPRF officials announced on Feb. 3. The diagnosis is the most recent announced case in a wave of them at Oak Park and River Forest public schools. 

According to a Wednesday Journal article published last month, as of Jan. 15, there were 12 confirmed cases of whooping cough at River Forest District 90 schools and eight at Oak Park District 97 schools. 

 Schools are required to inform community members of each positive diagnosis of pertussis, but the districts "are dependent on our families to first inform school nurses of such diagnoses," according to Gwen Walker-Qualls, D200's senior director of pupil personnel services.

"Although some instances of pertussis can appear to be relatively mild, we ask that families who have received a diagnosis still share that information with the school nurse. In this way, we can help other families watch for potential symptoms in their students."

If your child is diagnosed with pertussis, please notify the OPRF Health Services Department (nurses@oprfhs.org or 708-434-3234) as soon as possible, Walker-Qualls said.

 Michael Romain

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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