(Festus) The Festus R-6 School District has an outbreak of whooping cough. So far, more than a dozen cases have been reported.

Kevin Pope is the Festus School District Coordinator of Communication. He says reports of pertussis or whooping cough began to appear at the high school and intermediate school around mid-October.

Festus schools Superintendent Dr. Link Luttrell mentions they are working closely with the Jefferson County Health Department in trying to prevent the spread of the virus.

Symptoms of Whooping Cough include coughing, runny nose, sneezing, and possibly a fever.
Parents with questions regarding pertussis in the Festus School District can contact Lindsey Roth, the District Coordinator of Staff & Student Wellness at 636-937-5410 ext. 8, or email her at [email protected].