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Whooping cough case reported at Westridge

At least one case of pertussis or whooping cough was reported at Westridge Elementary School.

Parents received a letter on Monday from the district reporting the incident and also listing symptoms of the disease and how to avoid contracting it.

“There were two cases of pertussis diagnosed in district schools in 2011-12, and five in 2010-11,” district spokeswoman Nancy Duin said. “There have been no additional reports of pertussis this year.”

The district is not allowed to release health information that could potentially lead to the identification of individual students, Duin said.

Pertussis, a preventable disease, is a bacterial infection that can have symptoms such as coughing severely enough to cause vomiting and whooping or a high-pitched crowing sound when inhaling after coughing, according to the letter, which cited district nurses Ann Nelson and Katie Levin.

The disease’s incubation period is usually seven to 10 days, and the contagious period usually lasts until two weeks after the coughing begins, depending on age and immunization status, the letter said. Pertussis is spread by direct hand contact and direct or close contact with mouth and nose secretions.

Whooping cough is preventable with a vaccination, yet the incidences of the disease are increasing in the state and nationwide.

Last year, Oregon had more than 800 pertussis cases, the highest rate since the 1950s, according to Oregonians for Healthy Children.From 2011 to 2012, 49 states and Washington, D.C., reported increases in pertussis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2012, Oregon was on a short list of states with an incidence of pertussis that was higher than the national one. Oregon’s rate was 23.3 per 100,000 people in 2012, as compared to the national average of 13.4 per 100,000 people, CDC documents state.

There also is an increase of parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

Oregon’s rate of nonmedical or religious exemptions for vaccinations is at an all-time high of 6.4 percent this year. It was 5.8 percent last year. Lake Oswego School District kindergartners with religious exemptions to vaccines increased from 5 percent in 2012 to 8 percent this year. The number for all students in the district rose from 3.3 percent in January 2012 to 4.1 percent as of last month.

Lakeridge student wins award for video

A Lakeridge High School student was the runner-up in a security software company’s video contest in the United States and Canada.

Micah Bartel won a runner-up prize of $1,000 for best individual entry in Trend Micro’s fourth annual What’s Your Story? video contest. His video, “Lemonade,” shows how small-business owners can benefit from the Internet, said Tara Maylyn Frankel, a Trend Micro spokeswoman.

Bartel aimed to answer the contest’s question: “What does the good side of the Internet look like?”

District welcomes special needs kids

Lake Oswego School District officials are inviting parents of children with special needs to access their services.

District employees will meet with parents to determine whether students are eligible for special education services and will provide developmental screenings, evaluations and services free of charge for children 5 to 21 years old, district spokeswoman Nancy Duin said.

For more information, contact a local school or the district’s Special Services Department at 503-534-2359.

For children younger than 5, call the Clackamas Education Service District at 503-675-4097.

Riverdale’s Larkin wins scholarship

Oregon’s 2013 National Merit Scholarship winners included Riverdale High School student Chloe Anne Opdahl Larkin.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. gives the $2,500 scholarships to students with the best standardized test scores who also have top grades in challenging classes and meet other criteria.

Larkin plans to study economics, policy and ethics at Yale University this fall.

This year, there are 2,500 Merit Scholars in the nation and 27 scholarship winners in Oregon.

About 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which serves as an initial screening program for applicants.

‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ set to sail in soon

Marylhurst University will be presenting a Gilbert and Sullivan musical comedy classic.

The school is putting on H.M.S. Pinafore at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday in St. Anne’s Chapel at the university, 17600 Pacific Highway. General admission is $10, and admission is $5 for adults and seniors.

For more information, contact Justin Smith at 503-534-4067 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ballet show will be a-twirling this weekend

The Academy of Ballet and Dance Arts students are presenting their 2013 Spring Performance on Sunday.

Performers, ranging in age from 3 to 13, will showcase ballet skills and techniques.

The performance of students from the downtown Lake Oswego studio will be at 2 p.m. at Portland Community College-Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.

Admission is $18 for adults and $10 for students.

For more information, call 503-381-3281 or visit abdalakeoswego.com.




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