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7:17am

Fri September 17, 2010
Shots - Health Blog

Calif. Whooping Cough Cases Near 55-Year High

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.

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6:57am

Thu June 24, 2010
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California

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.

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