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Whooping cough case reported in District 833's Lake Middle School


It's the time of year when many people find themselves fighting the common cold, but last week a case of whooping cough, or pertussis, was confirmed at District 833's Lake Middle School.

Since January of last year a total of 160 whooping cough cases have been reported, according to Fred Anderson, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Public Health & Environment Department.

Whooping cough is a respiratory illness that is caused by bacteria.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.