Briefs (Aspen student has whooping cough; Winter Wonderland opens Dec. 16 at the ARC) |

Briefs (Aspen student has whooping cough; Winter Wonderland opens Dec. 16 at the ARC)

Aspen student has whooping cough

A student at the Aspen School District has been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. It is the first known case in Pitkin County.

Pertussis is a contagious illness that is spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs and another individual breathes in the bacteria. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop seven to 10 days after exposure but can develop from four to 21 days after exposure.

Students and staff with a cough should inform their physician of any possible exposure to pertussis. If a physician suspects pertussis, a polymerase-chain-reaction test is recommended. Students or staff diagnosed with pertussis cannot return to school until completing five days of an appropriate antibiotic.

The Colorado Department of Public Health reported 1,116 cases of pertussis in the first 10 months of 2013, and that number is expected to rise. Neighboring Garfield County has reported 26 cases this year.

Winter Wonderland opens Dec. 16 at the ARC

The Aspen Recreation Center’s Winter Wonderland opens for the season Dec. 16.

Bring your own equipment and sled for free; otherwise sled rental is $5 on the Whoa Nelly sledding hill. Ice skating will be offered on the ARC-tic Pond, which is lit until 9 p.m. Skate rental is $5. Three new trails that circle the ARC offer skiing and snowshoeing. A $6 package that includes rental of skates, a sled and snowshoes is also available. For more information, call 970-544-4100.

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