Whooping-cough cases on rise in LA County

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Updated: 6/27/2014 3:15 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the number of whooping-cough cases in California now at an epidemic level, local health officials are reporting a sharp increase in the number of infections in Los Angeles County.

The Daily News reports a total of 345 confirmed and probable cases, but no deaths, have been logged so far this year in the county.

The Department of Public Health says the number of cases this year has grown 17 percent from last year, when Los Angeles saw 296.

Last week state officials said as of June 10 there were 3,458 reported cases statewide — more than in all of 2013.

Infants are most susceptible to the infection, which is also known as pertussis. Parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children as early as possible.

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