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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported by ABC News shows a significant rise in whooping cough cases across the United States. This year, 4,864 cases have been reported, nearly triple the 1,746 cases recorded at the same time last year. However, the recent case numbers are comparable to 2018-2019, before the COVID-19 era. In Oregon, the local health authority reported 178 cases as of May 29, marking a 770% increase from the 20 cases that were reported by the same time in 2023. What’s challenging is that infected people can be contagious for weeks, and symptoms can easily be mistaken for other common respiratory conditions like cold and flu.

Take a step back: The news outlet reports that whooping cough cases tend to come in waves every 3 to 5 years. The current increase reflects a similar incidence from about 5 years ago.

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Whooping Cough on the Rise, Showing Its Cyclical Nature 
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