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Three Cases Of Whooping Cough Identified In Montgomery County Schools

A dozen students in Montgomery County are showing signs of pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough," and three cases have been confirmed.

Montgomery County Health and Human Services spokesperson Mary Anderson says the highly contagious illness begins with cold-like symptoms, but is accompanied by a severe, lingering cough. She says if parents notice these symptoms in their children, they should take them to their doctor to be treated with antibiotics.

"Get them out of the school population or keep them away from younger children and infants in their own family," Anderson says.

Anderson says 200 Montgomery County children were exposed to whooping cough at a Pennsylvania summer camp, which sent letters home to parents warning them about the risk.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2, 2015

You can plan for dinner and a show (for a cause) or check out a reggae concert.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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