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Hospital sends alert about whooping cough case

2. Whooping cough cases on Long Island 216

2. Whooping cough cases on Long Island

216 people in Suffolk County were diagnosed with whooping cough this year, marking the highest annual number for a New York county since 1999, according to health officials and state records. A majority of the cases involve students.

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  Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip has notified patients, families and employees who may have come in contact with a health care worker in the maternity unit who was diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough, to seek preventive treatment.

The hospital said the worker was confirmed last Thursday by the state Department of Health to have pertussis, a contagious bacterial infection that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing.

>> Read Ridgely Ochs' full story

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