Whooping cough on the rise in upstate N.Y.

A report released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that whooping cough cases are on the rise in upstate New York.

The Syracuse and Onondaga area has reported over 90 cases alone, according to the CDC statistics. The statistics also show that Rochester and Monroe County have confirmed 10 cases from July and August. Only two cases of pertussis was reported during the first six months of 2010, reports.

At this time last year, 148 whooping cough cases had been reported in upstate New York. This year, the number of reported cases has doubled. Additionally, New York City has reported an additional 49 cases, 83 percent of their 2009 total.

The whooping cough epidemic in California also continues to grow. According to the CDC statistics, 4,223 cases of whooping cough have been reported in California in 2010. CDC officials say the epidemic remains, but indications are that numbers of new cases are falling and that reporting is catching up to the volume of illnesses, reports.

Nine infants have died from whooping cough in California in 2010. Eight of those deaths occurred in children under two months of age. CDC officials say the rate of illness remains highest for Hispanic infants under six months of age.

Nine states, including New York, have reported over 300 cases of whooping cough. Texas, number two in case count, has reported 1,825 cases, while number three Ohio has reported 1,068 cases.