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Whooping Cough Cases Set To Make Record This Year In Washington State

SHORELINE, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Health Department is responding to an outbreak of hundreds of cases of whooping cough that's on a pace to set a record number this year in the state.

Health Secretary Mary Selecky is holding a news conference Tuesday at a state laboratory in Shoreline to update the numbers, raise awareness among health care providers and tell families that the pertussis vaccine is the best prevention.

The disease, known for coughing fits with a whooping sound, is most dangerous for infants. Four have died in the previous two years in Washington.

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