Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:10 pm
The sad story of the whooping cough epidemic that's hit California this year keeps getting sadder.
The state health department now says there have been nine death — all babies. All the infants were 2 months old or younger when they got sick. Eight were Hispanic.
Overall, more than 4,000 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported this year. That's the most since nearly 5,000 cases were reported in 1955, and the year is far from over.
Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:11 pm
Widespread vaccination has gone a long way toward curbing whooping cough, a highly contagious infection that can be especially dangerous for babies too young to be immunized.