Published in Managed Care Weekly Digest, December 6th, 2004
"When we close school, coughing kids go to the mall or their friends' house," which spreads the bacteria, said Terri Thornton, a nurse for the Iowa Department of Public Health.
And Thornton said she'd heard of at least one case of students pretending to be sick in a failed attempt to have their school closed.
Whooping cough, technically known as pertussis, is striking mainly in middle schools and high schools in what health officials describe as the worst outbreak in 30 years.
"This is the...
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