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Whooping Cough, Dengue, TB: Round-up

Ten related cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported in Okaloosa County, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. Three isolated cases had been reported there earlier. Whooping cough is preventable through vaccination, but health officials say some families have been skipping the shots.

In other news, four new cases of dengue fever have been reported on the Treasure Coast, according to the Palm Beach Post, bringing the total in Martin and St. Lucie counties to 11.

Also, a dozen people in Marion County have tested positive for latent tuberculosis infections, the Ocala Star-Bannerreports. (Editor’s note: readers may encounter paywall.)

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.