By News-Register staff • 

Linfield warns about whooping cough

The student was ill over spring break, when most students were away from campus. While still undergoing treatment with antibiotics, the student is being kept out of contact with other members of the Linfield community — standard practice in cases of potentially dangerous infectious diseases.

However, the student may have been contagious prior to March 20, when students dispersed. People who were in close contact then have been notified so they can take precautions.

Pertussis causes a week of two of severe coughing. It is spread through direct contact with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing.

The incubation period is a week to 10 days.

Most people are immunized in childhood. However, immunity tends to wane over an extended period of years.

Infants, pregnant women and people with pre-existing conditions are considered most at risk.

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