(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)– The number of whooping cough cases in Clark County is the highest it’s been in more than two decades. The Southern Nevada Health District says there have already been 102 cases of whopping cough this year.

Formally known as “pertussis”, there have been 19 more than for all of 2012.
Statewide cases of whooping cough are also up, but so far no deaths have been reported in Nevada.

Linda Verchik, a disease surveillance supervisor with the health district’s office of epidemiology says they can’t explain the increase and that -quote- “We’ve been working hard to get children immunized in school and in child care facilities.”
Verchik says if you do contract it, make sure to stay home so that others do not get infected.

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