Lake Oswego

Highly contagious whooping cough turns up at Lake Oswego school

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- A case of the highly contagious whooping cough has been reported at a Lake Oswego elementary school.

The principal of Westridge Elementary School sent a letter home to parents on Monday, informing them of the whooping cough outbreak and detailing signs of the disease and ways to prevent it.

Symptoms of the pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, include sneezing, a runny nose, mild fever and, after a week or two, a persistent cough that sounds like a high-pitched whoop.

Principal Scott Lane reminded parents that whooping cough is serious enough that the Clackamas Public Health Department must approve a child's return to school.

Last year, Oregon had a pertussis epidemic and Washington had the worst outbreak in 70 years.