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Whooping cough case reported at Bozeman elementary

By KTVM Staff
Published On: May 28 2013 06:24:15 PM MDT
Updated On: May 29 2013 04:10:25 PM MDT
PERTUSSIS, WHOOPING COUGH
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A Bozeman elementary school student is sick with whooping cough.

NBC Montana received a copy of the letter sent home to parents of students at Morningstar Elementary.

It details the steps health workers are taking to make sure the disease doesn't spread.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is highly contagious.

Right now, the health department is identifying anyone in close contact with the student. Some kids have been referred to a doctor for testing and treatment.

Students that may be sick are being asked to stay at home.

The state's seen a number of outbreaks in recent years, most recently in the Flathead.