Posted: Sep 12, 2013 9:53 AM by MTN News
MISSOULA - A pair of pertussis cases have been confirmed at Sentinel High School.
Parents were notified Tuesday in an alert that two students had whooping cough, and were being treated. Missoula City-County Health Department nurses screened the students at the school.
Missoula County Public Schools Health Service Supervisor Linda Simon says the school district works hand in hand with the health department on pertussis cases.
"The Health Department is mandated by law to follow certain procedures for many different communicable diseases - pertussis being one of of them," she explained.
So, we [and] the Health Department [are] following the law in regards to pertussis," Simon added.
Health officials say parents should not contact the Health Department wondering if their child has pertussis. They will call if a child has tested positive for whooping cough.