With more than 250 confirmed cases of pertussis in 2012, the Appleton Heath Department is asking parents at Columbus Elementary and Appleton Bilingual schools to watch their children for symptoms, after two children who attend Columbus recently contracted the illness.
Health officer Kurt Eggebrecht said 10 confirmed cases have been reported in the city since August. Two of the 10 were confirmed in November, along with another probable case.
The number of people who contract pertussis, or whooping cough as it's also known, spikes about every five to eight years Eggebrecht said. In ...