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Orange County requiring antibiotics at school

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From staff writer Jesse James DeConto:

Two confirmed cases of whooping cough at Carrboro Elementary School have prompted the Orange County Health Department to require antibiotics for any students who may have shared a bus or classroom with the infected students.

Sue Rankin, a nurse with the health department, said the new cases, which likely include a third student, are probably not related to another case at the school in December. Rankin said two kindergarteners and a fourth-graders contracted the disease despite having been vaccinated.

“We’re finding that kids who are vaccinated are still becoming infected and developing the disease,” she said. “As children age, their immunity starts to wane. Children who are immune may become infected, but they do not have as severe a case.”

Chatham County had 16 suspected cases last fall. Across the nation, cases of whooping cough have increased more than 10-fold in the past 30 years. Look for more details on this story in tomorrow's News & Observer.

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