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St. Croix County reports pertussis outbreak

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St. Croix County has received 12 laboratory confirmed cases of pertussis since May 29, compared to zero cases in 2011.

The cases are in people 6 months to 55 years of age. Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious bacterial disease spread by an infected coughing person. It can infect anyone, but it is extremely serious in babies, young children and pregnant women. Pertussis disease may result in hospitalization.

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