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Stanislaus County escaping statewide increase in whooping cough
Modesto Bee

Once thought to be nearly eradicated, pertussis, the highly contagious respiratory disease also known as whooping cough, surged last year in many areas of California, with hundreds more cases reported in 2013 than in the previous year, state figures show. But while many counties are dealing with dozens of cases, Stanislaus County health officials report the disease appears to be under control here, with just a handful of people ill last year. In the greater Sacramento region, the largest bump in pertussis cases occurred in Placer County, which reported 79 cases in 2013, up from 11 cases in 2012.

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