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Whooping cough epidemic in California

By Tim Sandle     Jun 21, 2014 in Health
San Francisco - Californian state health department has reported a serious whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak. The incidences are said to be at "epidemic proportions".
According to the state Department of Public Health (CDPH), counties in California have reported 3,458 cases of the disease this year; more than 800 of these were reported in the last two weeks alone.
Whooping cough epidemics are cyclical and peak every three to five years. The L.A. Times reports that a 2010 outbreak in the state resulted in more than 9,000 cases, the most recorded in any year since 1947. Health officials said this year’s cases are on track to meet that number. Indeed, cases of the disease have been on the rise since the 1990s.
Whooping cough (or pertussis) is a highly contagious disease that can strike people of any age but is most dangerous to children. Its name comes from the sound children make as they gasp for breath. The disease starts like the common cold, with runny nose or congestion, sneezing, and maybe mild cough or fever. But after 1–2 weeks, severe coughing can begin.
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