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21 Students and Faculty Were Diagnosed with Whooping Cough

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Twenty-one students and teachers in Kittitas County have been diagnosed with whooping cough. The cases are linked to the Kittitas Secondary School.

It all started at a State-Wrestling tournament in Tacoma last month where 15 attendees had the infection. Those original 15 cases were from Kittitas and Pacific counties.

Thousands of people from all over the state were at the event and now health leaders are concerned about possible secondary cases.

There have been no confirmed cases in Yakima County so far. The district's superintendent wants to make sure those infected stay home until their cough goes away.

"We just want to tell people not to panic to take every precaution dealing with this," said Monty Sabin.

As a precaution, the school has cancelled big events until April first. Things like track meets and parent teacher conferences have been cancelled to prevent spreading the cough. The superintendent hopes to have the schedule back on track in early April.