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Missoula Health Officials Check 300 Students For Pertussis

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Missoula City-County Health officials said about 300 students have been exposed to pertussis, or "whooping cough," after an outbreak at Missoula County Public Schools.

Health officials have, so far, confirmed three cases at Hellgate High School. They will continue interviewing students considered "at risk" for the respiratory disease until all 300 get a check-up with their doctors. They said they've worked with MCPS to see class schedules and seating charts to find out who's been exposed.

"It's not going to be contagious to everyone whose in that same school or work environment, so it's about 3 foot radius around person, and that's why we go, and carefully screen before we notify a parent," said Ellen Lahey, the Director at the Missoula City-County Health Department.

Health officials said if you're child is "at risk," they will contact you. They ask you not to call them unless you are contacted.

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