"Several" cases of pertussis have been reported among Olde Sawmill Elementary students.

"Several" cases of pertussis have been reported among Olde Sawmill Elementary students.

According to an e-mail sent out to parents last week, principal Tyler Wolfe said "several cases" at the school have been reported and they are working with the Franklin County Board of Health on how to deal with the bacterial respiratory disease that has affected some students.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, often begins with cold-like symptoms and follows with a severe, constant cough that ends with a "whoop" in younger children.

Franklin County has seen an increase in cases of pertussis recently. According to an Oct. 22 health update from Columbus Public Health and the Franklin County Board of Health, 105 cases of pertussis were reported in September, "the second highest month since January 2005. In 2010, 609 cases have been reported to the FCBH and CPH, 33 percent of these cases were reported in August and September."

In 2009, Franklin County had 350 reported cases of pertussis and 198 confirmed by testing.