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Cases of Whooping Cough Triple in Maine This Year
12/21/2012 10:38 AM ET  

There have been 701 cases so far in 2012, compared to 202 in the previous year.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ State health officials say the number of reported cases of whooping cough more than tripled in Maine this year.

There have been 701 cases so far in 2012, compared to 202 in the previous year. The number of cases nationally also hit a more than 50-year high.

Whooping cough - also known as pertussis - is a respiratory disease characterized by long, violent coughing fits.

State epidemiologist Stephen Sears tells the Portland Press Herald that residents should get vaccinated if they are not sure about their immunization history.

More than 90 percent of young children in Maine are vaccinated for whooping cough, but older children often fall behind on booster shots.

The disease has been most common in the state this year among children ages 9-11.



 

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