Whooping cough on the rise; state responds
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently reported 2,026 Illinois cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in calendar year 2012, the most since 1950.
“This record number highlights the importance of immunizations,” said Jane Lux, public health administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department. DeKalb County reported 22 cases in calendar year 2012, the highest number since 2009.
The increase is noted across the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during 2012, increased pertussis cases or outbreaks were reported in a majority of states. As of January 10, 2013, 49 states and Washington, D.C. reported increases in the disease in 2012 compared with 2011.
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