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Clintonville Parents Warned Of Pertussis Cases


UPDATED: Thursday September 19, 2013 4:34 PM

Parents of Clinton Elementary School in Columbus received a warning about Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, cases at the school.

A spokesperson with Columbus City Schools could not confirm how many cases the school has reported.

The letter stated that cases involve a "small number of students in the fourth and fifth grade."

Pertussis is a bacterial disease that is highly contagious.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the illness usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough. Pertussis is often not suspected or diagnosed until a persistent cough with spasms sets in after one or two weeks.  

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