This advisory letter is to inform you that a single case of
Pertussis (whooping cough) has been reported at St. Francis
Catholic High School. The student is home recuperating and on a
treatment of antibiotics. The following is the information
to be disseminated to parents concerning the illness. We
have also provided the link (below) to the Sacramento County
Department of Health concerning Pertussis.
For the safety of all students, please notify the school
immediately if your student has any contagious disease (even if
she is already under treatment for the disease). If a
student is absent four (4) or more consecutive days or in
the case of an infectious or contagious disease, she must return
with a medical release from a physician.
Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the
bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is characterized by severe
coughing spells that end in a whooping sound when the person
breathes in. Although Pertussis can occur at any age, it’s most
severe in unimmunized children and in infants under 1 year of
age. More cases have been reported in teens and adults because
their immunity has faded since their original vaccination.