Whooping cough cases on the rise in Vt. 

The Vermont Health Department says whooping cough is still on the rise in the state.

Preliminary data indicates there were 91 cases of whooping cough reported in December, compared to 18 cases for all of 2010.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/AkD4Ww) at least 17 cases have been reported this month.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is highly contagious. The infection usually starts with an irritating cough that worsens to include spasms of coughing, possibly whooping. The most severe cases usually involve young children.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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