Washington’s whooping cough epidemic continues on a record pace that has already surpassed 1,000 reported cases. The total of 1,008 as of April 21 is more than reported in all of 2011 and is the highest number of cases since 1,026 were reported in all of 2005.
Our state is on pace to reach more than 3,000 cases for the year; levels that haven’t been seen in more than six decades.
And as we've been repeatedly reminded, that's only the tip of the iceberg. While potentially fatal in infants, the vast majority of whooping cough cases in adults present as nasty colds, and don't generate a trip to the doctor let alone a report to health authorities. So there could be tens of thousands of communicable cases out there right now.