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Confirmed Whooping Cough Case at AL High School

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (AP) - Health officials say a case of
whooping cough has been confirmed at Spanish Fort High School.

Whooping cough, the common name for pertussis, is highly
contagious. Symptoms include a runny nose, mild sore throat,
minimal or no fever, and a mild dry cough. The cough gets gradually
worse over a week or two and may become a series of coughs followed
by a whooping noise as the person tries to breath.

The Press-Register reports that the Baldwin County Health
Department has notified parents of Spanish Fort students about the
confirmed case.

The Alabama Department of Public Health advises parents to take
children with whooping cough symptoms to the doctor to get
antibiotics.


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