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Pertussis outbreak prompts Texas health alert

The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they’re vaccinated against pertussis after projections show the number of people sick with the deadly disease this year is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.

The disease is more commonly known as whooping cough. “This is extremely concerning. If cases continue to be diagnosed at the current rate, we will see the most Texas cases since the 1950s,” said Dr. Lisa Cornelius, DSHS infectious diseases medical officer. For more information, see the September 12 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.