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Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties have yet to see whooping cough epidemic

April 25, 2012

The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Washington State continues to climb, surpassing 1,000 cases so far this year. On April 3 the Secretary of Health declared a statewide epidemic of pertussis.

Grays Harbor has seen only 3 cases reported so far in 2012. Pacific County has seen no reported cases.

Health officials say the state is on pace to reach more than 3,000 cases for the year, a level that hasn’t been seen in decades.

Figures released Tuesday show 1,008 cases have been reported as of April 21, compared to 110 cases in the same period last year.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and spread by coughing and sneezing.

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