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05 August 2010

Whooping cough outbreak concerning

Amidst the largest outbreak of whooping cough in decades, public health officials are urging residents, to make sure they're immunised for the highly contagious disease.

Amidst the largest outbreak of whooping cough in decades, public health officials in California are urging residents, particularly pregnant women and those who come into contact with infants, to make sure they're immunised for the highly contagious disease.

So, should you be worried? In adults, whooping cough can cause a barking cough that lasts for weeks, but it's treatable with antibiotics and rarely life-threatening, said Jeff Dimond, a CDC spokesman.

 
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