Whooping cough a concern, not an outbreak

Tarrant County reports 302 cases in 2013

By Carla Noah Stutsman

It starts with deceptively mild symptoms much like a cold or even allergies – a cough, sneezing, and a runny nose.

But for some reason, pertussis, more commonly called whooping cough, is having a record year in Tarrant County.

Public health officials do not consider the rise in cases to be epidemic, but admit there’s a large increase compared with the past several years.


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