CEDAR PARK, Texas — A student at Cedar Park Middle School has pertussis, otherwise known as "whooping cough," Leander ISD confirmed Tuesday.

Leander ISD sent a letter Monday, informing parents and staff of Cedar Park Middle School of the student's illness and advising them to consult with their children's physician due to whooping cough exposure for medical care other than observation of signs of whooping cough.

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They also urged parents and staff to observe all members of their households for signs or symptoms of whooping cough, as well as to check immunization records.

You can read Leander ISD's letter in full below: 

"Dear Parents and Staff of Cedar Park Middle School:

A child in your school has pertussis, otherwise known as “whooping cough.” Our office has been working with the school’s administration to prevent further spread of this disease. The following are recommendations that we ask you to follow without delay to protect your child and family:

Parents are advised to consult with their child’s physician due to this pertussis exposure for medical care other than observation for signs of pertussis.

Observe all household members for the signs/symptoms described in the attached pertussis information sheet (English or Spanish). If signs and symptoms develop in a household member, please contact your physician for evaluation and possible treatment. Be sure to mention your child's exposure to pertussis and provide your physician this letter.

Immunization records should be checked and any child or adult who is under-immunized or not immunized should follow up with their physician to receive age appropriate pertussis- containing tetanus/diphtheria vaccine.

Please review the information sheet on pertussis. Please notify us as well as your school if your child or any household member is suspected of having pertussis. If your physician suspects you or your child has pertussis, please do not attend school until you/your child has been cleared to return by the physician and health department. If you have any questions, please call our office at 512-972-5555.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Rodriguez, MD, FACP, AAHIVS
Interim Medical Director/Health Authority Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services"

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