School officials in Plymouth are urging parents to be on alert after two cases of whooping cough at Plymouth Center School.
Carolyn Giannini, the school nurse coordinator for Plymouth Center School, sent a letter to all parents and guardians of students in Plymouth Public Schools to make them aware of the symptoms and to urge them to ensure children are up to date with vaccines to protect against pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Symptoms can be mild or severe. Whooping Cough usually starts with cold-like symptoms, a runny nose, sneezing and a cough, according to an information sheet the school provided on pertussis.
The letter said the State Department of Health advised the school about the confirmed case and school officials have been in touch with the Torrington Health District, which provides health services to 20 cities, towns an boroughs in the Northwest corner of the state.
Anyone who needs more information should call a health care provider or the Connecticut Immunization Program at (860) 509-7929.
Earlier this month, there was a case of whooping cough at Moran Middle School in Wallingford.
Learn more about the causes, symptoms and how to prevent pertussis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.