Whooping cough cases diminishing in Milwaukee schools

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Whooping cough cases diminishing in Milwaukee schools

CREATED May. 1, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Health officials are working with local schools as they deal with pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough, in the Milwaukee area.

There are only a few cases of whooping cough at MPS schools. 

At St. Matthias School on Milwaukee's southwest side, the outbreak of whooping cough seems to be winding down.

There hasn't been a new confirmed case involving a St. Matthias student in more than a week.

"I think it's our parents who have been vigilant and talking to doctors," said Susan Booth of St. Matthias Parish.

30 Saint Matthias students came down with whooping cough.   Staff there noticed the outbreak just after Easter.

The Milwaukee Health Department says St. Matthias took quick action, and made sure students care for themselves.

"We continue to talk to students about washing their hands throughout the day, as well as proper cough etiquette," explained Booth.

MPS claims that out of 80,000 students, there are only four cases of whooping cough at four different elementary schools.

Those cases include students at Tippecanoe and Golda Meir school.  MPS declined to name the other two schools because they don't want to identify the students.

"We would expect that at least two out of those four, if they're not already back on the school site. They'll be back very soon," said MPS spokeswoman Roseann St. Aubin.

"I just think that's the number one thing, that everyone has to make sure their kids are vaccinated," said Lana Shiltz, a mother.

Her daughters attend Zablocki Elementary, an MPS school.  There are no cases there.

"I take care of these kids, make sure they get lots of good sleep, and get them vaccinated.

The Milwaukee Health Department wants parents to know that vaccinating kids is the number one way people can stop whooping cough from spreading.

Some of the symptoms of whooping cough include a runny nose and fever, along with a cough that sounds like a whooping sound that can last for several weeks.

If you notice any of these symptoms in you or someone you love, you are asked to see a doctor immediately.