NEW YORK — More than a dozen states have reported increases in whooping cough, also known as pertussis, according to published reports.
Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that increases in the disease had been reported in 13 states as of Sept. 15, compared with the same period last year. Overall, 16,000 cases have been reported nationwide, though there were nearly 42,000 reported last year, considered the worst year for the disease in 60 years.
Whooping cough, which is highly contagious and results from bacteria, is a vaccine-preventable disease, and the Review-Journal quoted health officials in Nevada as saying that they had been "working hard" to get children immunized. Nevada has reported 138 cases as of this month, 46 more than in 2012 and 104 more than in 2011, according to the newspaper.
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