Whooping cough cases now top 500 across the province

By Lara Fominoff @fomsy1 on Twitter
August 7, 2017 - 10:09am

LETHBRIDGE - There are now more than 500 cases of whooping cough, or Pertussis in Alberta.

Nearly half of those cases (223) originated in southern Alberta, in the Fort Macleod and Coaldale areas.

The illness accociated with the current outbreak, has also spread to Lethbridge.

Officials with Alberta Health Services were hoping the number of cases would begin to wane after school let out more than a month ago, but it doesn't appear as though that has occurred.

120 cases of the illness are also located in the central part of the province in the Red Deer area, while there are 32, 57 and 33 cases respectively now in the Calgary, Edmonton and northern areas of the province.

AHS says nearly 90 per cent of those who have been infected, are those who have not been immunized.



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