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Whooping cough cases at record pace

Pertussis rates worst since 1959

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Local and national health officials are seeing more of the shrill, convulsive coughing fits brought on by whooping cough than they have in a long time.

In fact, the highly contagious bacterial disease known as pertussis is so prevalent that 2012 is on track to be the worst year for whooping cough in the United States since 1959. And New York is on track to exceed a 10-year peak in whooping cough cases reached ...

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