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May 10, 2012 7:24 AM by Kate Richards

Cases of whooping cough confirmed in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Health officials have confirmed several cases of whooping cough at a charter school in Greeley, prompting school officials to tell 40 students who aren't immunized to stay home.

The Greeley Tribune reports there are at least seven confirmed cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, at University Schools, including one case in a teacher. The other cases have been in members of the middle school track team.

Letters sent to parents Wednesday said members of the team who are showing symptoms of whooping cough won't be allowed at school until they have had five days of antibiotics. Students without symptoms will be allowed at school if they have been placed on preventative antibiotics.

County health officials say any student who hasn't been immunized is urged to stay home.

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