Parents at Naples Central School were notified Friday of a case of whooping cough in the high school. Whooping cough (Pertussis) is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes coughing fits. While Pertussis usually begins as a mild upper respiratory infection, it will normally lead to coughing fits followed by crowing or a high-pitched whoop. The coughing episodes are usually more frequent at night, and cough medicines are fairly ineffective.
In a letter to parents posted on the district website, Superintendent Matt Frahm wrote: "If you have any reason to suspect that your child may have Pertussis and/or your child develops a persistent cough that becomes worse over time, please do not send them to school until you have discussed the matter with your private physician."