LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A dozen children in Montgomery County have been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough, and hundreds more may have been exposed, according to a Montgomery Community Media report.

Montgomery County Heath and Human Services tells Montgomery County Media that the students attend Cabin John Middle School in Potomac and Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville. They came into contact with pertussis as a Pennsylvania science camp.

The schools sent home letters with students earlier this week that warned parents to beware of symptoms of the illness, which may include runny nose, low-grade fever and occasional coughing.

In its early stages, pertussis can appear to be nothing more than the common cold. As it progresses, however, the traditional symptoms include coughing fits, vomiting and exhaustion.

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