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County whooping cough cases projected to triple from previous record

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The number of confirmed cases of whooping cough this year in San Diego County went over the 1,000 mark and is on pace to triple the previous record, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

Last week, 143 new cases of the disease, also known as pertussis, were reported, bringing the total up to 1,046.

The previous record number of cases in the county was 371 in 2005.

"Vaccinations continue to be the best protection against pertussis," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. "However, since immunity wanes over time, it is extremely important for children and especially those around infants, to get a booster shot."

A typical case of pertussis starts with a cough and runny nose for up to two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever, if present, is usually mild.

The disease is treatable with antibiotics.

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