A student at has been treated for pertussis (whooping cough).
The message was relayed by to school families Tuesday afternoon. But at this time, the Rhode Island Department of Health has not recommended any additional steps be taken for the general population of the school or community.
Elsewhere in the state, Barrington has seen cases . The number of cases in the Barrington schools is 18, while the other three cases are in the community, according to a Department of Health official.
According to a Rhode Island Department of Health press release, “The number of confirmed cases in Rhode Island is consistent with outbreaks occurring nationally and regionally in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts."
“Vaccination is the best prevention against pertussis,” said Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the RI Dept. of Health. The department hosted vaccination clinics in Barrington recently to help stop the spread of the disease.
According to the RI Department of Health, pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease that is highly contagious and caused by a bacterial infection of the lungs. People with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of pertussis should stay out of work, school, or childcare until they have been on antibiotics for at least five days. The RI Department of Health receives reports of about 60 cases of pertussis each year.