ALTON, IL. (KTVI) – Madison County Health Officials are dealing with new cases of whooping cough. The latest case is a student at Alton high school. Principal Russ Tepen says he notified parents immediately through the schools communications system. Crews have been sanitizing common areas.
"We sent out a dialer which is a telephone message with all of the information the parents need to know. That was sent out via email and telephone service. We have hand sanitizer in every room in the building cafeteria our offices. “said Tepen.
Madison County Health Official Toni Corona says cases are up because old booster shots wear off. New regulations say Illinois students in the 6th and 9th grades need another shot.
"We receive a confirmed case of pertussis knowing that disease is capable of spreading through communities of person to person transmission we follow-up and schedule profalactics as needed." said corona
"The preventative measures hand washing is very important and making sure that you cover when you cough and or sneeze and immediately dispose of tissues and things that you use." said Tepen.
There are at least 80 pertussus cases in Madison County since December. The school is planning to give booster shots to Alton highs 2000 students September 19th.