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Health Alert: Pertussis Outbreak

GREENWOOD VILLAGE - The Tri-County Health Department has issued an advisory regarding a statewide outbreak of pertussis, also known as whooping cough.According to the health department, the rate of pertussis is somewhat lower than 2012, but still remains at a higher level nationally than we have seen in more than 50 years.

Colorado continues to see epidemic levels of pertussis cases. In Douglas, Adams and Arapahoe Counties, we continue to see the largest number of reported cases in 11-14 year olds.
 
Persons who should be tested for suspected pertussis include:
• persons with a cough of any duration with close contact to a confirmed case;
• persons with a cough of at least 5 days accompanied by violent coughing spasms or coughing so hard you vomit;
• persons with a cough of at least 14 days
 
Persons diagnosed with pertussis must stay home from school  and/or work and avoid prolonged public contact until they have completed 5 days of antibiotic treatment or 3 weeks of coughing.
 
Additional Information from Tri-County Health Department

January 6, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Nursing Services

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.

 

Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.

 

When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.