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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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