We've been predicting it for months, and new data from the Department of Health now confirm it.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious disease. The good news is that there's a vaccine against it that works well. The bad news is that,as the Pulp previously reported
, many children and even more adults aren't vaccinated. And while the vaccine works well, it's not foolproof.
As for Broward, there have been at 34 cases reported, but that figure is based on data released at the end of September. There have likely been more over the past month.
2003- 116 cases
2004- 132 cases
2005- 208 cases
2006- 228 cases
2007- 211 cases
2008- 314 cases
2009- 497 cases
2010- 329 cases
2011- 313 cases
2012- 515 cases (as of 10/30/12)
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