It turns out, the Health Dept has an interest in Baby G's case of Whooping Cough. They called me this past Thursday (her test was on Mar 25th!). I think it's probably tough to stop the spread of a disease when the bureaucracy lag time is two and a half weeks. She was very nice and wanted to know the names and ages of the children in the home. I told her everyone had been placed on preventative antibiotics when she was first diagnosed and that she had actually had two rounds of antibiotics due to a complication.
Everyone that is except my second son. There was some sort of snafu in the office when they called in the prescriptions. Somehow his ended up at a pharmacy we have never used and I just assumed they hadn't called any in because he'd had his TDaP booster last year. It just so happens that he is coughing now and when I told this to the nice lady at the Health Dept, she said they automatically count him as a case because he started coughing two weeks after Baby G did.
And then she wanted a whole bunch more information. He ended up staying home from school and a letter went home with every kid in each of his classes mentioning that a student had recently been diagnosed with Pertussis (and for them to look for signs of it in their kids in the next two weeks). He is still contagious until Tuesday, and staying home is not exactly how he thought he'd be spending his Spring Break.
He is using the time to work on his graphic novel - which, of course, impresses the socks right off of me!