I fear that if we keep listening to the anti-vaccine activists, pertussis will be just the first in a series of diseases that will return to plague us, causing needless suffering and anguish - Steven Salzberg


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More Evidence Explains Why Whooping Cough Cases Are Increasing

Cases of pertussis, also called whooping cough, have been climbing over the past decade and a half. The disease, which causes severe coughing for months at a time and can cause death in infants, steadily declined over several decades after a vaccine became widely used in the 1940s. Cases reached their lowest rates in the 1970s and early 1980s, with just 1,000-3,000 cases a year.

Then cases started increasing again, slowly at first, in the late 80s and especially late 90s, though still remaining below 8,000 cases a year. Then the 2000s brought back numbers not seen since the 1960s: Every year since 2003 has had at least 10,000 cases, more recently hovering in the 20,000s. The 2012 widespread…

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