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King County infant dies of whooping cough

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coughSEATTLE — A King County infant died Thursday from pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.

The infant’s death was the first fatality reported from the illness this year in King County.

More than 750 cases of whooping cough have been reported in King County in 2012, the highest number in over a decade, King County’s Office of Public Health said. So far, 12 people were hospitalized in King County during the year. In 2011, there were 98 confirmed cases, with four hospitalizations and no deaths.

Infants are at particularly high risk for the illness.

Officials are hoping a particularly nasty year for whooping cough across Washington state soon comes to a close. Pregnant woman and those who live around young babies are encouraged to get vaccinated.

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2 comments

  • kat scott

    We want to take a moment to reach out to the family who lost their child to Pertussis on December 13th, here in Washington state.

    While we honor your privacy, we hold you in our thoughts. We understand your pain.

    We asked why?, how?, and then why? again. Searching and searching for some rational explanation for the loss of something so precious.

    Please know we are here for you if you want to talk or share.
    ~Rest In Peace little one~
    Stop Whooping Cough Washington https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Whooping-Coug

  • medibird

    thanks Josh McColough, i ddnt know the vaacine are not perfect, many of the precribers choose vaccine for the treatment of Whooping-Cough, that beacuse of it caused by bacteria, any way i will share this my friends , thanks again and pls share my article about Whooping-Cough