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Cases of whooping cough on the rise in Arizona

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A young boy coughing due to pertussis. (US Dept. of Health & Human Services) A young boy coughing due to pertussis. (US Dept. of Health & Human Services)
TUCSON, Ariz. -

Cases of whooping cough continue to climb around Arizona.

State health officials say that as of Dec. 15, the number of probable and confirmed cases of whooping cough is up 67 percent from 2010 and up 5 percent from last year.

They say the number has climbed steadily since 2007.

Whooping cough is an infection that can kill otherwise healthy infants. The highly contagious disease also is called pertussis.

One infant in Arizona died from whooping cough earlier this year.

The medical director of the Arizona Department of Health Services' Immunization Program Office tells The Arizona Daily Star that about one in every 100 infants hospitalized with whooping cough will die.

Pertussis symptoms:

  • Initial symptoms are similar to a mild cold and include a runny nose and mild cough, which progresses to severe coughing spasms
  • Vomiting may occur after coughing
  • Person with pertussis may appear and feel healthy between coughing episodes
  • Symptoms appear between 7 - 10 days after exposure

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Online:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Fast Facts: www.cdc.gov/pertussis

Arizona Dept. of Health Services
What is pertussis and how is it spread?
http://1.usa.gov/Z41ACf

Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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