Health officials: Number of whooping cough cases reported is easing

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Washington state Department of Health officials said today the number of whooping cough cases reported in the state is easing, with some areas of the state returning to levels more typical before the epidemic. Nonetheless health officials caution that whooping cough, or pertussis, is still active. Those who are at highest risk of serious illness – especially babies – remain vulnerable and vaccination is the best way to protect them.

“We’re watching whooping cough activity closely,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “We’re encouraged to see the pace of new cases in our state slowing, but we are not completely out of the woods. Whooping cough is still active and babies are still at risk.”

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