Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The number of cases has gone up from 99 last year to 130 this year. 

"We have over a 30% increase so far over last year."

County Public Health Officer – Doctor Glennah Trochet – says they’re still analyzing their data but it does not appear the cases are related.

"Our very superficial scanning of the cases makes it look as though it does not appear to have connections between all the cases."

The local spike in cases reflects a nationwide trend. Statewide, the number of reported cases has doubled. Trochet says small children are at the highest risk of death from the disease.

"So parents should make sure that their children under the age of two have all the immunizations against this disease."

The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a common cold such as runny nose and sneezing followed by severe coughing spells.