Whooping Cough On The Rise In Minnesota

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Health officials expect the number of whooping cough cases could be unprecedented this year in Minnesota.

The state projection mirrors a national trend with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far.

The Minnesota Department of Health tells the Associated Press that by the end of year, whooping cough cases could top 3,400. That would double the last outbreak in 2005.

Apparently most cases are in pre-adolescents, age 7 to 10. There are two vaccines for whooping cough, one for kids and one for adults.

Health officials are calling on adults, especially pregnant women and those who spend time around children, to get a booster shot as soon as possible.

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