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FAYETTEVILLE -- A second Washington Elementary School student has a confirmed case of pertussis, the School District announced Monday.

The first case of pertussis, or whooping cough, was announced Tuesday. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract.

The Arkansas Department of Health requires students in the same school with a student who has a confirmed case of pertussis who have an exemption for the pertussis vaccine or no record of the vaccination to be excluded from school for 21 days from the date of exposure.

At least six students in the School District have been diagnosed with pertussis since last spring.

NW News on 12/03/2019

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