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July 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Pertussis vaccines may wear off sooner than thought, officials say

From Staff Reporter Kibkabe Araya: A rise in whooping cough cases among teens suggests that the pertussis vaccine may be wearing off sooner than expected, officials from the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention said Thursday. After Washington state declared an epidemic in April, the CDC sent investigators here to learn the reason for the spike in cases. The investigation revealed a surprising…


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April 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Whooping cough at epidemic level, says state health secretary

From Staff Reporter Mary Jean Spadafora: The Washington State Department of Health today announced a dramatic increase in reported cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. So far this year in the state, 640 cases have been recorded, well over the 94 reported by this time last year.  Health Secretary Mary Selecky said the disease has reached epidemic levels in the state. At a…


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March 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

State’s whooping cough cases could surpass record

The Associated Press The number of pertussis — whooping cough — cases in Washington has risen to more than 500 cases and will likely set a record in 2012, a state Health Department spokeswoman said. The outbreak is likely to exceed the number of about 950 cases last year and the previous record of about 1,020 in…


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