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Whooping Cough cases on the rise in Onondaga County

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A dangerous disease is making a comeback in Central New York. The Onondaga County Health Department says Whooping Cough cases have more than quadrupled so far this year.

There have been 74 cases in the county as of September 30th. Last year at this time, there were only 16.

The Centers for Disease Control says Whooping Cough, also known as pertussis, is extremely dangerous for infants and toddlers. Coughing fits can last up to 10 weeks.

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