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Whooping cough hit Minnesota hard in 2012

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The whooping cough hit Minnesota residents hard this year — with the biggest number of cases since World War II.

More than 4,300 Minnesota residents had confirmed, probable or suspected cases of the respiratory infection called pertussis this year, according to Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/RhXFy9 ). There were 661 in 2011. The numbers reflect a national increase in cases.

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