A whooping cough epidemic is rampant in Western Australia, prompting the Health Department to warn parents about the need to vaccinate against the infectious and potentially fatal respiratory disease.
The recorded infection rate more than doubled from 1458 in 2010 to 3597 by December 23, 2011.
Director of Communicable Disease Control Dr Paul Armstrong said November had the most recorded cases, with 704 people infected.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
W.A. whooping cough epidemic: ABC News Breakfast Jan. 2012
This is Western Australia (not Washington State). As the newspaper there reports: