LISD was notified recently by officials with the Northeast Texas Public Health District about the first case, according to a statement released by the school district Monday.
The student attends College Street Elementary School. Parents of students at the campus received a notification letter explaining the diagnosis and received recommendations for treatment and prevention.
The district was notified about the second case after the end of the school day on Friday. The student attends Lindale’s Early Childhood Center. Parents of students at the school received notification letters Monday.
The district is taking every precaution to prevent the spread of this infection, according to the district’s statement. Classrooms and school buses are sanitized daily. Parents and guardians of students at the affected campuses will receive instructions concerning prevention.
The safety and health of students educated in Lindale ISD schools is the district’s top priority, according to the statement.
Tyler ISD had four confirmed cases as of last week.
Pertussis is caused by bacteria infecting the mouth, nose and throat. It is spread through the air by cough. Pertussis is usually mild in older children and adults, but often causes serious problems including death in babies less than 1 year old.
Dr. Jonathan MacClements, Smith County health authority, has said, “The best way to prevent pertussis among infants, children, teens and adults is to get vaccinated. Many young children get whooping cough from adults or older brothers or sisters who don’t know they have the disease.”
If parents or guardians seek possible treatment for pertussis, they should tell the child’s doctor that pertussis has been reported in the school district.
Report possible pertussis infections to the school nurse and the Northeast Texas Public Health District at 903-535-0030.