Whooping Cough Cases Worry Health Officials

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    NEWSLETTERS

    November 13, 2008

    California whooping cough cases are soaring with 584 confirmed cases representing a threefold increase over the same period last year, when there were 190 cases, health officials said.

    California Department of Public Health officials said the Central Valley, Bay Area and Los Angeles area have seen the most dramatic rises in whooping cough during the five-month period ending May 31.

    Five infants have died, including one in San Bernardino more than a month ago.

    Whooping cough, known as pertussis, can cause adults to experience severe coughing spells lasting up to four months. Infants are most vulnerable to the bacterial disease.