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Pima County seeing an increase in whooping cough cases

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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Whooping cough cases are up throughout Southern Arizona, with many cases being seen in local school districts.

So far in 2013 there have been 69 whooping cough cases in Pima County, up from 46 reported in 2012. 

Some Vail School District students are out of school because of the whooping cough, the district has seen 15 cases so far this year.

In the past several weeks Empire High School alone has reported three students having whooping cough.  The health department is classifying it as an outbreak and some kids are being kept home who have not been vaccinated for pertussis, the official name for whooping cough.

Pima County Health experts recommend those who have young children or a baby get them vaccinated for whooping cough, which could be deadly for small children.

Also health experts say if a child has a persistent cough, take them to the doctor to get them checked out.

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