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Largest Whooping Cough Outbreak in 60 Years

Pertussis, or whooping cough, affected several thousand in Texas this past year making this the largest statewide outbreak in more than 60 years.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, affected several thousand in Texas this past year making this the largest statewide outbreak in more than 60 years.

Over two dozen pertussis cases have been reported in Tom Green County. Community Medical Center's Pediatrician, Dr. Podraralla, says getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent this infectious disease.

Last year, over 3,600 cases of whooping cough were reported in Texas. Pertussis is highly contagious, and can be spread by coughing or sneezing.

The vaccination is recommended several times for infants between two and 18 months, then again at age four. These vaccines are required for children to attend school and daycare.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, worldwide, 50 million (M) cases are reported and 300,000 deaths occur each year.

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