- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

LONGBRANCH, Wash. (AP) - Nearly 200 campers have been sent home early after whooping cough prompted the YMCA of Greater Seattle to close the overnight camp on the Kitsap Peninsula.

KOMO-TV reports that two campers at Camp Colman got sick on Monday were sent home. So far no other kids have shown symptoms.

Edie Jeffers with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department says it recommended closures to be cautious.

Camp Colman’s executive director Meredith Cambre says they’re being proactive and sending children home to make sure they don’t get sick. The kids were picked up by parents Wednesday.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is highly contagious and spread through coughing and sneezing.

Young children, especially infants who’ve not had all their vaccinations, can be particularly susceptible to the disease. It’s easily transferred when someone coughs, sneezes or even talks.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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