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Whooping Cough Cases Up
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- A highly contagious and sometimes deadly infection is spreading through some Montgomery County schools.
Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County is investigating several recent cases of whooping cough. It's such a concern, some schools are even sending letters home to parents, warning them of possible exposure.
"Everybody across the county needs to be aware that the Pertussis cases are up quite a bit this year," said Public Health's Bill Wharton.
Wharton says many of the cases involve middle school kids. St. Anthony's in Dayton sent home a letter with students to tell parents their child may have been exposed to the illness. The school also wants them to o keep an eye out for symptoms even if their kids have been vaccinated against Pertussis. The immunization only helps reduce the severity of the disease.
"If you've come down with a cold or the flu and about 7-10 days later you're still coughing, you really need to go to a doctor and make sure you don't have Pertussis," Wharton said.
We checked in with Dayton Public Schools to see if a similar letter was sent home. We did find out there are five cases of whooping cough in the district this school year. They wouldn't release the names of the schools, but we did learn the classmates of the infected students get a letter sent home.
We also called several other districts, like Kettering and Huber Heights. They didn't report any cases.
But health officials say all parents still need to watch for whooping cough signs since it can spread so quickly.
The Greene Co. Combined Health Dist. is holding a special vaccination clinic Thursday from 4-6pm at the Xenia office located at 360 Wilson Dr.
Greene County has confirmed seven cases of whooping cough.
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