California health officials declare whooping cough epidemic

June 15, 2014 3:13 AM

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California health officials declare whooping cough epidemic

LOS ANGELES – The number of whooping-cough cases in California is now at an epidemic level, state health officials said Friday.

More than 800 whooping-cough cases were reported over the past two weeks, suggesting that the infection, which is also known as pertussis, is spreading rapidly, according to a statement by the California Department of Public Health.

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