2 whooping cough cases found at Philly-area school 

Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say two high school students have been diagnosed with the highly contagious infection known as whooping cough.

Chester County health officials say Great Valley High School students who have not been vaccinated must stay out of school until three weeks after the last confirmed case.

A message on the school's website indicates about 150 of its 1,200 students have not yet provided proof of vaccination.

The school in Malvern will host a vaccination clinic on Monday.

Whooping cough is also known as pertussis. It is a bacterial disease that in rare cases can be fatal. Whooping cough starts off like a cold but leads to severe coughing that can last for weeks.

A 2010 epidemic in California infected 9,000 people and killed 10 infants.

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