PIERRE, S.D. – Whooping cough cases are on the rise and a state health official is urging parents to make sure their children are immunized.
Nationally, 48 states and Washington DC have reported increases in whooping cough, also known as pertussis, through September. In South Dakota, cases are up 87% over the five-year median, with 56 cases reported as of October 3. Most of those cases are in school-age children and result from an outbreak in a school setting. Neighboring Minnesota reports nearly 4,000 pertussis cases, the most since 1943, while Iowa reports more than 1,100 cases this year.
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