Whooping cough on the rise in state

Aug 3, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Cases of whooping cough are up dramatically in Wyoming this year.

Through the end of July, state health officials have documented almost three times as many cases of whooping cough in Wyoming compared to all of the cases in the state last year.

Last year, Wyoming had 13 cases of whooping cough. So far this year, the number is up to 36.

The outbreak is nationwide. Across the U.S., more than twice as many cases have been reported so far this year, with the biggest increases occurring in the Mid-Atlantic, Upper Midwest and West Coast states.

Whooping cough is an upper respiratory infection that's especially dangerous to infants and young children. Cases of the disease tend to peak every two to five years.

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