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Whooping cough epidemic continues statewide

November 13, 2012

Washington State Board of Health members will hear updates about tsunami debris and the state’s whooping cough epidemic when they meet tomorrow in Olympia.

Staff members from Department of Health and Department of Ecology will brief the board about debris coming to Washington’s shores from the tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011. Board members will also hear the latest about this year’s whooping cough epidemic in the state.

As of their last update, Grays Harbor has seen 23 reported cases of whooping cough so far this year, while Pacific County has seen 7.

There have been over 4400 cases reported statewide through November, compared to 619 reported in 2011 during the same time period.

Only one county in the state has reported no pertussis activity in 2012. Pierce County has reported over 700 for 2012.

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