- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

STAUNTON, Ill. (AP) - The Macoupin County Health Department says two dozen students in the Staunton School District have caught whooping cough since September.

Angela Weidner, the department’s director of nursing, said Thursday that the school district has been working with the health department to get the rare outbreak under control. She said the first whooping cough cases affected high school students and eventually hit students in third and fourth grade.

Weidner said all of the reported cases have been mild.

She said only a few of the 24 confirmed whooping cough cases involved students who hadn’t been vaccinated against the respiratory disease, also known as pertussis. The State Journal-Register (https://bit.ly/1vo2CEu ) reports immunizations aren’t 100 percent effective against whooping cough, but they can reduce the severity of symptoms.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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