Alaska whooping cough cases up sharply, and Influenza spikes


Alaska health officials are reporting a sharp increase this year of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, as well as a recent spike in influenza cases.

Officials say more than TWO HUNDRED cases of pertussis have been reported in Alaska this year.

That's significantly up from the yearly average of FORTY–TWO from 2009 to 2011.

The state has confirmed NINETY–ONE cases of flu in the past four weeks.

Of those, the majority have come from Anchorage, the Mat–Su Valley and here in the Interior.

Officials say vaccines are the best protection against both illnesses.