GLADSTONE, Ore. One Gladstone student contracted whooping cough and another child may have also caught the contagious illness, school officials said.

In a letter sent to Gladstone parents and school staff, Superintendent Bob Stewart said a John Wetten student had a confirmed case of Pertussis (whooping cough).

Another child who attends the Head Start program at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families may also have whooping cough, he said. Both children are recovering at home.

Whooping cough, a contagious respiratory infection, starts like the common cold but often turns into a cough that lasts weeks.

It can lead to hospitalization and serious health risks, especially for infants.

Students are routinely vaccinated against Pertussis, but we took the precaution of notifying parents and staff so they are aware, said Leslie Robinette, spokeswoman for Gladstone Schools.

Anyone child who has symptoms of whooping cough was asked to stay home and consult a doctor about testing and treatment.

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