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AVON -- The Lorain County General Health District says two cases of whooping cough have been reported in the Avon Local Schools District.

The children and their family members have all been treated.

Whooping cough or pertussis is transmitted from person to person by coughing, sneezing or talking. Symptoms initially present as a common cold but within two weeks the cough become more severe especially at night.

Infants, pregnant women, and persons with chronic health concerns are at greatest risk for complications associated with pertussis.

Health officials remind everyone that pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease. School age children are vaccinated for whooping cough by kindergarten with a booster shot given in 7th grade.

The Avon Local Schools recommends that parents contact their health providers if their child develops symptoms. Pertussis has an incubation period of up to three weeks.

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