Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is rising at an alarming rate in the U.S.

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The country appears to be headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may be a result of the ineffectiveness of the vaccine.

Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far — more than twice the number seen at this point last year, stated the Centers for Disease Control.

The number for the entire year will be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported. Nine children have died, and health officials called 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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