Parents warned after Baldwinsville district confirms whooping cough cases

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Parents in the Baldwinsville School District have been warned to keep a close eye on their children's health after school officials confirmed there have been several diagnosed cases of pertussis, also known as whopping cough.

The illness causes a hacking, dry cough that can last several weeks or even months. Pertussis can spread by cough droplets from an infected person and usually starts with a common cold.

The superintendent said nearly all the students in the district are vaccinated as part of a requirement to attend 6th grade.

The district's custodial staff is now taking extra cleaning measures to disinfect all classrooms.

You can view the letter that was sent home to parents and guardians in the district below:

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