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Whooping Cough Increases In New Mexico

Whooping Cough Increases In New Mexico

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 6:17pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 9:47pm

NEW MEXICO - The New Mexico Department of Health has a serious warning for Bernalillo and Valencia County residents after it said it has seen a significant increase in whooping cough cases.

The Health Department said whooping cough starts with typical cold symptoms, but progresses into uncontrollable coughing, and it's highly contagious, making schools especially vulnerable.

Almost 150 people had a case of whooping cough in 2010 and 275 people fell victim in 2011. This year, 299 people are suspected of having whooping cough with many cases reported in the last two months.

The Health Department said at least 144 cases have been reported statewide.

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