The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of whooping cough cases is increasing at an epidemic rate. So far this year, close to 18,000 cases have been reported, twice as many as were reported at the same time last year. At this rate, the country is headed for the worst year for whooping cough since 1959, when there were 40,000 reported cases. Officials say the steep rise may signal an issue with the effectiveness of the cough's vaccine.
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