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The previous record was 27,550 cases in 2010, when it killed 27 people, including 25 babies.
There are several factors that contribute to this problem.
Infants younger than two months are too young to be vaccinated, making them vulnerable.
Also, the formulation for the vaccine was modified in the 1990s for safety reasons, rendering them less effective, Martin said.
Whooping cough vaccine efficacy under study
In 2010, less than 10 percent of whooping cough cases in the U.S. involved the new strain, while in 2013, more than 90 percent of the cases were from the new strain.
"To have that happen so quickly across the entire U.S. is something that we needed to better understand," Martin said.
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