Another whooping cough outbreak in Maine

Posted Jan. 29, 2009, at 2:23 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:47 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine health officials are reporting a whooping cough outbreak in Hancock County.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that there have been eight cases in the Blue Hill and Brooklin areas. The outbreak involves an elementary school, a middle school and a workplace, and the victims range from 9 to 50 years old.

This is the second outbreak of whooping cough. Nearly two weeks ago, another cluster of cases was reported in the Biddeford-Saco area in York County.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria that can result in a persistent, severe cough.

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