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.
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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.

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