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Second case of pertussis confirmed at Fayetteville elementary school

A second Washington Elementary School student has a confirmed case of pertussis, according to Fayetteville Public Schools PIO Alan Wilbourn. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease, according to the CDC. The school district notified parents of the first confirmed pertussis case at Washington Elementary on Tuesday, November 26. “The safety and health of our students and staff are our highest priority,” said Wilbourn. “Additional cleaning measures were taken at Washington prior to the start of school today.”The Arkansas Department of Health requires students in the same school with a student diagnosed with whooping cough who have vaccine exemptions for pertussis vaccine or no record of the vaccination to be excluded from school 21 days from the date of exposure.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —

A second Washington Elementary School student has a confirmed case of pertussis, according to Fayetteville Public Schools PIO Alan Wilbourn.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease, according to the CDC.

The school district notified parents of the first confirmed pertussis case at Washington Elementary on Tuesday, November 26.

“The safety and health of our students and staff are our highest priority,” said Wilbourn. “Additional cleaning measures were taken at Washington prior to the start of school today.”

The Arkansas Department of Health requires students in the same school with a student diagnosed with whooping cough who have vaccine exemptions for pertussis vaccine or no record of the vaccination to be excluded from school 21 days from the date of exposure.

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