Whooping cough on the rise in Northern Kentucky

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (AP) - Northern Kentucky is on course to
surpass the number of whooping cough cases reported in the region
over the last six years.
The region's district health director, Dr. Steven R. Katkowsky,
says 20 cases were reported since January, putting the region on
pace to have more than 100 cases this year. Katkowsky says more
than half the cases were in children 1 year old or younger.
Northern Kentucky averaged 25 cases of whooping cough, also
called pertussis, from 2003-2009.
Katkowsky is recommending that parents of young children make
sure that their child has been vaccinated for whooping cough.

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