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Whooping cough diagnosed at Medfield High
By Charlie Russo, Globe correspondent
A Medfield High School student has been diagnosed with pertussis, and school officials have asked four other students who may have been exposed to the illness, also known as whooping cough, to stay home until Monday to prevent the disease from spreading.
The ill student, who was diagnosed Wednesday, was a member of one of the school's sports teams, said Mary Patch, the high school nurse. Four team members who may have shown early symptoms of the illness have been asked to stay home and take antibiotics.
The illness infects people through germs that spread via sneezing, coughing, or talking and is most dangerous to infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.