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Monterey County not immune to California’s whooping cough epidemic
Monterey Herald

A week after California health officials declared a whooping cough epidemic, Monterey County’s health officer is urging people get vaccinated.

Three babies have died in California this year of the illness, also known as pertussis. As of June 24, over 4,500 cases had been reported throughout the state, and 72 in Monterey County.

Last year, Monterey County saw 10 cases in the same time period.

“We usually see increases in pertussis every three or four years,” said Ed Moreno, Monterey County’s health officer and director of public health.