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Whooping Cough Outbreak In NC Elementary School

We are tracking a health alert in another part of the state, but it's something you should know about.

There appears to be an outbreak of whooping cough at an elementary school in Burlington, in Alamance county. Eight cases of the illness have been confirmed, but there are 23 more suspected cases.

Whooping cough is also called Pertussis. It's a bacterial infection that causes terrible coughing fits. Vaccinations had reduced the illness dramatically since the 1940s, but it's making a comeback.


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