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The Pima County Health Department and Vail School District are meeting with parents Thursday to discuss the recent cases of whooping cough in the school district.

The county has tracked 83 cases, or probable cases of the disease, also known as pertussis, said Michael Acoba, epidemiology program manager for the Pima County Health Department.

Many of them have been in the Vail School District, he said.

The meeting is a response to parents' requests for a venue to ask questions about the disease, Acoba said. Officials plan to discuss preventative measures people can take to reduce the spread of whooping cough, and answer questions.

Though the meeting is targeted at Vail parents, Acoba said it is a larger public health issue.

“Even if you don’t have children, if you will be around children, if you work with children, if you have family members who have children, you should be aware that you could be infected and likewise be able to transmit that infection to vulnerable populations," he said.

The meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Empire High School library, located on 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way.