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Travis Co. infant dies of whooping cough

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For the first time in 11 years, an infant in Travis County has died of whooping cough.

The Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department says the illness, also called pertussis, usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever.

Many babies who get pertussis are infected by family members or others who may not even know they have it.

Last year, Austin-Travis County had 307 confirmed and probable cases of whooping cough.

So far this year, there have been 41 confirmed and probable cases.

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