Sep 4, 2012 at 7:34 am
ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) – The number of cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, continue to rise in Minnesota.
The State Health Department says as of last Thursday, there were more than 27-hundred cases reported. That compares to only about 500 at this time last year.
The Health Department's Cynthia Kenyon says as of last week, there were 39 cases of whooping cough in Stearns County, six in Benton County, and 65 cases in Sherburne County.
There have been no reported deaths from whooping cough in Minnesota this year, although the airborne disease can sometimes be fatal--especially in young children.
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