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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman confirms one student has been diagnosed with whooping cough at Bellamy Elementary.

Spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum says the New Hanover County Health Department helped the school draft letters to parents to inform them of the case.

The CDC says whooping cough, or pertusis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe.

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  • Guestsfndi

    Was this child vaccinated or the child of the paranoid anti vaccination crowd?

  • CoastalJade

    My child was 3 months old and has just gotten the DTP. The Pertussis part gave her it. She was current on vaccinations to boot.
    So Pertussis/Whopping Cough is like polio, and the flu.
    This was 21 years ago…and it is steadily climbing.
    So whether they choose to vaccinate or not is not really your concern.
    What you find paranoid makes sense to them. Clean your own house.


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