ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) -- Two students who attend the Central R-3 School District tested positive for pertussis, or whooping cough, said Superintendent Dr. Desmond Mayberry.
One of the students attends West Elementary and the other Central High School.
According to the Daily Journal, both students had been vaccinated against whooping cough, a highly-contagious respiratory disease that typically starts with cold-like symptoms and a cough that worsens after one to two weeks.
The disease is most common in infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in infants.
Mayberry said after the students developed the cough, their parents pulled them out of school and took them to the doctor where they were tested for the disease. They were kept home for the remainder of the week.
The students will be able to return to school when classes go back in session, Mayberry said. Both have completed a full course of treatment and custodial staff members thoroughly cleaned the facilities of both campuses while they were closed due to weather.
Parents at the school were notified via letter.