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Whooping Cough Claims 3rd Life in L.A. County, Disease Now Considered an Epidemic in California

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With around 1,500 cases this year -- that's five times more than last year -- California health officials have declared the rise of whooping cough, officially known as pertussis, an epidemic. "We are facing what could be the worst year for pertussis in California in about 50 years,” Gil Chavez, the state’s epidemiologist, told KBPS.

Today, public health officials in L.A. County announced the third death blamed on whooping cough. The death is the sixth statewide.