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Bryant Middle School whooping cough, 3 students diagnosed


BRYANT, Ark. – Three Bryant Middle School students were diagnosed with pertussis, district officials say.

A post on the district Facebook page on Tuesday morning provided information for parents as follows:

COUNTRY: Three students at Bryant Middle School were diagnosed with whooping cough. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis.

The health of our students is of the utmost importance to us. Our school nurses have contacted the Arkansas Department of Health to monitor sick students as well as those who may have been in close contact with students in the classroom, on the school bus, or in other common areas of the school.

School nurses have contacted parents of students who may have been exposed to the disease. If you have not heard of a school nurse by letter or phone call, your child has NOT been identified as a student within the range of exposure of the sick students. It is still best to watch your child for any signs or symptoms of whooping cough and, if so, contact your doctor.

If you would like more information, please contact Nicole F. Smith, RN, Saline County Health Unit, 501-303-5650 or your family doctor.

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