Skip to main content

Whooping Cough jumps in Minnesota

Minnesota is one of several states dealing with a severe outbreak of the disease. Some 400 new cases have popped up in Minnesota this month. The people contracting the disease most often are older elementary school kids and middle schoolers.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Minnesota is one of several states dealing with a severe outbreak of Whooping Cough, or Pertussis. Some 400 new cases have popped up in Minnesota this month. The people contracting the disease most often are older elementary school kids and middle schoolers.

Several states around the country are struggling with outbreaks of Pertussis, the Associated Press looks at the nationwide trend. The CDC's web site offers a plethora of official information on vaccination information.

WCCO spoke with the mother of a two-month-old who recently contracted the disease.

[preserve][/preserve]

Next Up

264 Willmar Ave SE, Willmar, Minnesota - October 2019

11 staff members on leave after refusing Willmar district's COVID policy

The staff members were placed on leave after they "opted not to comply."

TIMOTHY BORRMAN

Man charged with stealing van with dog inside in South St. Paul

He apparently said he didn't realize there was a dog inside.

Screen Shot 2022-01-13 at 12.35.16 PM

Here's where COVID-19 case rates are the highest in Minnesota

The highest rates can be found mainly in southeastern Minnesota and around the Twin Cities metro area.

als breakfast facebook post

After staff got COVID, someone sent Al's Breakfast a letter mocking its vaxx requirement

"So sorry to hear your fully vaccinated staff is sick with Covid and you are forced to close," the letter begins.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 2

NWS releases snowfall forecast for specific Minnesota cities

Here's how much snow is forecast for more than 50 cities in Minnesota, including the majority of the metro area.

Woobury robbery Jan 2022 2 crop

Armed robber hits Twin Cities Speedway twice in 5 days

Authorities are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect.

covid-19

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 13

More than 11,000 cases included in today's report.

Screen Shot 2022-01-13 at 9.11.52 AM

Man accused of sexually assaulting MN teen arrested in Mexico after 21 years on run

Curtis Lee Brovold was arrested outside his home in Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday.

alcohol bar

Alcohol deaths in WI rose nearly 25% in 2020, report says

1,077 people died from alcohol use in Wisconsin in 2020.

Cass County sheriff north dakota squad facebook

Authorities investigating after missing Fargo teen located in MN

The 14-year-old was found safe after leaving a family member's home Sunday evening.

Related

State confirms 400 whooping cough cases in past month

Minnesota's number of whooping cough cases continues to grow. The state confirmed about 400 new cases of whooping cough in the past month, raising the total in Minnesota to nearly 2,400 infections this year. The number of confirmed cases is the highest since vaccines were introduced in the 1950s.

Wisconsin has nation's highest rate of whooping cough cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Wisconsin leads the country in what could be the worst outbreak of whooping cough in more than five decades, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Through July 5, Wisconsin had nearly 51 cases per 100,000 people -- nearly 10 times the national average.

Minnesota whooping cough cases could double state record

In June, Minnesota broke the previous record of 1,571 whooping cough cases, set in 2005. By the end of last week, state public health officials had confirmed 1,881 cases of the disease. Now Minnesota is on pace to shatter that record – perhaps double it – by year's end.

189 more cases of whooping cough confirmed in state

The Minnesota Department of Health says 189 new cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough -- have been confirmed in the state in the last week. That brings the total to more than 3,500 cases in the state this year.