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FAYETTEVILLE -- A Washington Elementary School student has been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough, the school district announced in a news release.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract.

The Arkansas Department of Health requires students in pertussis-affected schools 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.

Custodians were at the school Tuesday to do additional cleaning before students return Monday from Thanksgiving break, according to the release.

At least four students in the district were diagnosed with whooping cough in the spring. Three cases were confirmed at Woodland Junior High School, and one case was confirmed at McNair Middle School.

Metro on 11/28/2019

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