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More Arundel school kids getting whooping cough, officials say
More Arundel school kids getting whooping cough, officials say

The Anne Arundel County health department and school officials have notified residents that there has been an uptick this year in cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, particularly in school-aged children, and officials want those who are infected to stay home to stop its spread. Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection spread through contact with an infected person. It causes fever, runny nose and cough, which can become more severe and last up to 10 weeks. It can sound like a high-pitched "whoop." The state requires young children to be immunized against pertussis – it's included in a vaccine along with tetanus and diphtheria. This year, the state began...

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