A whooping cough outbreak has affected over 20 students at East Bay Waldorf School in El Sobrante, effectively shutting it down. Whooping cough, an illness normally thought of as an infant's, hits its victims with "severe coughing spells that end in a 'whooping' sound when the person breathes in."


School will reopen on Monday, but students can return to class only if they have proof that they are taking antibiotics and are symptom-free.