"A confirmed case of whooping cough in City Schools should not be cause for alarm, officials said Thursday.
Superintendent Rik Goodright said a student at the Massillon Intermediate/Junior High School has been diagnosed with pertussis.
More commonly known as whooping cough, pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease.
Goodright said the student will be out of school for about a week.
“We have a protocol,” he said. “We contacted the (city) health department and reported it.”
Schools are not required to notify health departments for whooping cough. Goodright said health officials did not recommend any precautions. He said it appears to be an isolated case. A second suspected case of pertussis was determined not to be the illness, he said..."
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