Two Lower Merion School District students have been diagnosed with pertussis, or "whooping cough," the district announced Friday.
One is an 11th-grader at Lower Merion High School and one is a fourth-grader at Merion Elementary School. The Montgomery County Health Department informed the district of the diagnoses, according to a letter to parents that was posted on the district's website.
The medical conditions of the two affected students was not reported. One Patch reader who identified herself as the mother of the Merion student emailed to report the boy "has been treated and is back to good health."
The letter says, in part, "It can be serious in children up to seven years of age and in those who are not completely immunized against the disease."
A copy of the letter is attached to this article. The district posted the health department's "pertussis fact sheet", which is also attached to this article.
Check back with Patch for any updates about the pertussis cases.