Vermont whooping cough cases surge; schools take precautions
Jan. 24, 2012 |
A surge in whooping cough cases in Vermont has schools watching students carefully for signs of the highly contagious disease.
Preliminary data from the Vermont Health Department indicate 91 cases of whooping cough in December.
In 2010, there were 18 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, in Vermont, according to the Health Department. In other words, the December 2011 total was five times the number for the entire previous year.
This month's case number has reached 17, health officials said...