Nova Scotia

Whooping cough-hit school reopens

A Cape Breton school that was closed because of a case of whooping cough will reopen Wednesday.

A Cape Breton school that was closed because of a case of whooping cough will reopen Wednesday.

The school and daycare centre in Wagmatcook was closed last week after a laboratory confirmed a single case of the highly contagious respiratory infection.

People who have whooping cough, or pertussis, suffer from severe coughing, and it can lead to brain damage or death. Infants are particularly at risk.

Mary Musgrave, manager of communicable disease control for the Cape Breton Regional Health District, said it probably wasn't necessary to cancel all classes at the Primary-to-Grade 12 school.

However, she said, it allowed officials to review health records to see who needed to be vaccinated in the First Nation community.

"Even last week there were about 230 doses of pertussis vaccine that were administered to both children and adults who were eligible for that vaccine," she said Tuesday.

Musgrave said pertussis is the second-most commonly reported disease in Canada for which there is a vaccine.

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