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Aug 21, 2013 5:11 PM

Spike in Whooping Cough Cases for Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI - More than 1,600 cases of whooping cough have been reported around Texas. Health officials in Nueces County confirm six cases so far this year. That's less than 2012.

In north Texas officials have reported hundreds of cases.

Doctors says if the disease continues to spread at this rate it'll be the highest number of cases in more than 50 years.

"I saw no cases last year. This year I have had either 7 or 9 so far just in this office. So yes, we are seeing a marked increase," says Dr. James Mobley, the Health Authority in San Patricio County.

Doctors suggest adults get an immunization booster shot to decrease their chances of getting the virus considering the disease is known to be passed from adults to children.

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