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Georgia university reports possible whooping cough cases

August 29, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Students and employees at a Georgia university may have been exposed to pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

News outlets report a news release on Wednesday from Brenau University says potential cases began the week of Aug. 16.

Georgia Department of Public Health District 2 spokesman Dave Palmer says the cases are probable but have not yet been confirmed. The number of possible cases hasn’t been released.

Brenau University Director of Communications Kristen Bowman says students are required to get vaccinated, but employees don’t have the same requirements. She says students and employees can get a booster shot at the school’s Center for Health & Well-Being.

The college’s Vice President of Student Services Amanda Lammers says most students have been vaccinated and the risk of contracting the illness is low.

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