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Cases of whooping cough have rocketed across the country, with confirmed cases in the South West among the highest in England - two and a half times the national average. Bristol had 155 cases confirmed in 2012, compared with just 18 in the last peak year of 2008.
Pregnant women and their unborn babies are particularly at risk. Health experts are urging expectant mothers across the region to get vaccinated.
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Whooping cough cases reported in the region for the first part of 2012 is more than double the number for the whole of last year..