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Two baby deaths being tested for whooping cough

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --      Two babies died within days of each other in the Tri-Cities this past week, and  SIDS is believed to be the cause, but the health department is digging deeper.

The Benton County Coroner's office contacted the health department to see if it could be Pertussis or  "Whooping Cough," which is often deadly for babies.

One baby, a 5 month old boy from Pasco died on October 7th,  The other child, a three month old female from Kennewick died October 12th.

"Because of the closeness of these events, and because there is an alert out on whooping cough, we worked within the Benton County Health Department to take additional test samples," says coroner John Hansens.

Recently there has been an influx in whooping cough in the state.  The Benton- Franklin Health District has investigated two new cases in the last few weeks, an adult and a baby, both are doing fine.

Hansens says, he should know by next week whether whooping cough played a part in either of the deaths.