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Whooping cough cases on the rise - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

September 18, 2014

Whooping cough cases on the rise

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:40 am | Updated: 8:06 am, Wed Sep 4, 2013.

The number of cases of pertussis — also known as whooping cough — is on track to match a 50-year high, and that has prompted an advisory by health officials calling for vaccinations to help combat the potentially deadly disease.

The Gulf Coast region has seen an increase in the disease that affects the respiratory system, but the numbers are less than in North Texas, said Dr. O.W. Brown, a pediatrician and interim chief medical officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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