The Vermont Health Department says cases of whooping cough are increasing in the state.
The state says there have been 201 confirmed cases this year, with 68 of them reported from June 1 through Aug. 8. No deaths have been reported.
Three infants have been hospitalized with confirmed or probable whooping cough, also called pertussis, since June 1.
Vermont is roughly doubling — to about 170 — the number of chemicals it is banning as ingredients in so-called designer drugs.
That word came Thursday as dozens of state and federal law enforcement officials gathered at the Statehouse to strategize in a war on drugs that has expanded to substances called bath salts and spice.
Governor Peter Shumlin addressed the group and vowed the full support of his office as police around Vermont visit head shops and convenience stores where a wide range of the products are sold.