ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) –  Pertussis, aka whooping cough, has made an appearance locally.

Officials with the Alton School District sent out a series of robo-calls this week informing parents that a student at Alton High School had been diagnosed with the respiratory illness marked by violent coughing fits, restricted breathing, runny nose and fever.

And while school officials suggested that anyone who was within three feet of the infected teen longer than 10 minutes could be at risk, they added that legally they were “not at liberty” to identify the whooping cough patient.

Alton School District students who’ve not been immunized against diseases including pertussis will be placed on a restricted list and kept out of class as of October 1.

Alton High School will offer physicals and shots on September 19th.

For more information contact AHS principal Russ Tepen at (618) 474-1817.


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