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Whooping cough reported at Londonderry Middle School

LONDONDERRY — One person at Londonderry Middle School was diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough, according to a letter school officials sent to parents on Thursday.

The letter, from Superintendent of Schools Nathan Greenberg and Director of Pupil Services Kim Carpinone, does not say if a student or school employee was diagnosed.

"It is possible that other cases of pertussis may occur over the next few weeks since pertussis is highly contagious," the letter said.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, pertussis is a "contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract.

Usually it causes a persistent cough that follows a normal cold."

The cough occurs in explosive bursts ending with a high-pitched whooping sound and occasionally vomiting.

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