Allergies or whooping cough? Bangor mom warns parents about contagious illness

BANGOR, Maine — When her 14-year-old daughter started coughing about a month ago, Bangor mother Anne assumed it was allergies. As it turned out, the girl was infected with whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory illness that surged in Maine in 2012 and has public health officials on the alert again this year.

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