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Whooping cough cases decrease in WA but not gone

Whooping cough cases decrease in WA but not gone
Ken Cole is immunized against whooping cough Tuesday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash.
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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - As Oregon and national health officials raise the alarm about whooping cough in the Pacific Northwest, Washington health officials report the illness is declining.

The Daily News reports that by mid-July this year, there were 419 cases of whooping cough or pertussis in Washington state. That's down considerably from the same period in 2012 when 3,237 cases were reported.

State health officials say 14 Washington counties have reported no pertussis at all this year.

These statistics clash with a statement issued Tuesday by the Oregon March of Dimes, which said pertussis cases in the Northwest have essentially tripled over several years.

Oregon cases did increase from 2011 to 2012, but they started declining in 2013. Michele M. Larsen of the March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter told The Daily News chapter officials were not aware of the latest figures.

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