Students at Bountiful school come down with pertussis

Posted at 9:21 PM, May 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-13 23:21:07-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — The Davis County Health Department has said there are three confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, among students at the school.

Parents with students at Viewmont High School received notice of the pertussis cases Monday after a letter was sent to them. The letter assured parents that actions are being taken to prevent additional cases, and said vaccinations are the best way to prevent pertussis.

In addition to the three confirmed cases, there are also two possible cases and one probable case of the disease at the school. Officials have asked parents to watch for whooping cough symptoms in the children, which include sneezing, a runny nose, coughing and a low fever.