The Department of Health has notified us that there have been several confirmed cases of pertussis among students attending Stroudsburg Area School District schools Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms of pertussis usually begin about 10 days after infection and the earliest symptoms are like those of the common cold - runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever, and mild cough. Coughing then gradually becomes more severe. People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting or difficulty catching their breath. Please see the additional information posted below. If your child is experiencing a persistent cough, please contact their healthcare provider to discuss the need for testing and/or treatment.