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DHEC investigating possible case of whooping cough at Colleton County school

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The Colleton County School District has informed parents that a student at Colleton County Middle School may have symptoms of Pertussis or whooping cough, although that has not been confirmed.

A district spokesperson says parents were notified so that they could be aware of the potential symptoms of Pertussis in their child.

A letter to parents warned that anyone who visited the school from April 14 to April 28 of this year may have been exposed to whooping cough.

It is a contagious disease that affects the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs.

The health department says it is spread easily by coughing or sneezing.

A bad cough can last for weeks or months and is especially dangerous to infants.

DHEC says the best way to prevent pertussis is through vaccination.

DHEC, the state health department is investigating the health issue and working with the district.

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