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Originally published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

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Whooping cough outbreak at Winthrop schools

There's an outbreak of whooping cough among school-age children in the north Cascades town of Winthrop.

The Associated Press

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OKANOGAN, Wash. —

There's an outbreak of whooping cough among school-age children in the north Cascades town of Winthrop.

Okanogan County Community Health Director Lauri Jones says there have been 12 confirmed cases since December. None of the children are seriously ill.

Jones and clinic nurses met Tuesday with Methow Valley School District officials. There are about 500 students at an elementary and junior-senior high complex in Winthrop.

Jones says about 15 percent of the Winthrop students are not immunized.

One of the students who was confirmed with pertussis on Jan. 3 attended a basketball tournament involving 17 schools on Dec. 28 and 29 at Brewster. Those schools have been advised to watch for an outbreak.

Jones says vaccinations are the best way to prevent the disease from spreading.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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