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Whooping cough returns and outbreak reaches Wadena County

Published 11/24/2012, Wadena Pioneer Journal

Pertussis, known to most people as whooping cough, is back. Older generations remember the disease, in the era before widespread immunization, as a scourge among infants and small children that caused spasms of rapid, short, barky coughs interrupted by gasps for air. The swelling in the windpipe and voice box of the victims gave a characteristic “whoop” sound to the inhalation from which the disease gets its common name.

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