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Music festival will go on at North Fayette High School

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Officials say the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Festival will go on as scheduled despite a recent whooping cough outbreak at the venue.

The music festival is scheduled to run May 4-5 at North Fayette High School, but those plans were called into question when that school had an outbreak of pertussis or whooping cough.

Executive director of the IHSMA Alan Greiner says moving the festival would not guarantee that participants would be any safer. 

"They have taken every precaution prescribed by the Iowa Department of Public Health," Greiner said. 

Superintendent at North Fayette Community School District Duane Willhite says the health department advised him that whooping cough can only be spread by inhaling the bacteria in coughs or breath. 

"The biggest clean up we've done is to the people," Willhite said. 

As of Friday morning, no new students have tested positive for the pertussis bacteria. School officials say all students who have tested positive have been banned from school and school activities for five days while they undergo antibiotic treatment. Students who came into contact with infected students were banned from school and activities until they tested negative for the bacteria, or until they underwent treatment.

In a letter to school administrators Greiner said, "With this problem being as widespread as it is in Northeast Iowa (and other parts of the state), to move to another site means moving into an unknown scenario where precautions have not yet been taken and where people are attending events under a false sense of security.  That places our students at greater risk, not less."

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