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Whooping cough cases hit record numbers in Tarrant County

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A record number of whooping cough cases have been reported in Tarrant County.

Health officials said as of Oct. 1 there were 104 infant cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in the county and 37 of them required hospitalization.

Also, a high number of these cases were among the Hispanic population, officials said.

The highly contagious disease starts out with symptoms similar to the common cold. Then infants and small children will have coughing fits that are followed by gasps for air that make a whooping sound. Older children and adults often just have a bothersome cough that doesn't go away.

Because babies can't get their first vaccine until they are 2 months old, health officials encourage pregnant women and everyone in households with small children to get vaccinated.

LINK: health.tarrantcounty.com

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