GENESEO — An individual has been diagnosed with Pertussis or ‘Whooping Cough’ at Geneseo Central School.
The highly contagious bacterial infection that causes an uncontrollable, violent cough lasting several weeks or even months. Whooping cough is spread by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals.
According to a press release from Geneseo Central School the Livingston County Department of Health has been notified and they are investigating into those who could be potentially exposed to the bacteria. The incubation period for Whooping cough is usually seven to ten days with a range of four to 21 days and rarely may be as long as 42 days.
The Livingston County Health Department suggests some basic precautions to protect kids and parents from infection.