Scabies, whooping cough at Middleburgh schools

MIDDLEBURGH, N.Y. – One case of scabies, as well as one case of whooping cough has been diagnosed with students in the Middleburgh Central School District.

The case of scabies has been diagnosed at the elementary school. Scabies, though highly contagious, is easily treated by use of a prescription cream or lotion. As a cautionary measure, the district is notifying parents and providing information about scabies.

The case of pertussis, or whooping cough, has been confirmed in Middleburgh High School.

The County Health Department and the school district health care provider are closely monitoring the situation. Most children have already been immunized against pertussis. Prior immunization does decrease the risk of getting the disease; however, immunization does not guarantee that your child will not develop pertussis.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by cough. Pertussis can begin with cold symptoms, low grade fever and a cough, which becomes much worse over 1 to 2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a whooping noise.

Parents who suspect their child has been in direct contact with someone with pertussis should contact their family physician.

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