LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health officials say a ninth baby in the state has died from whooping cough.

California Department of Public Health spokesman Ken August told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that the death makes this year’s epidemic more deadly than one in 2005.

Officials say the baby lived in San Bernardino County and was less than two months old.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a bacterial infection that causes severe coughing spells. It can be tough to diagnose because early symptoms are mild and resemble a cold. Since whooping cough can progress rapidly in infants, delayed treatment can increase the risk of death.

Some 3,600 whooping cough infections have been reported in California so far this year — a sevenfold jump from the same period last year and the most cases since 1958.

Learn more about whooping cough, signs and symptoms at the Centers For Disease Control.

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Comments (18)
  1. Katy says:

    They keep letting unvaccinated illegals into the country, what’s next? Small pox, typhoid, black plague???

    1. MONICA says:


    2. quetzie72 says:

      you are trul stupid katy truly

  2. Alan Hart says:

    I’d like to thank all those people who think vaccinating their children will lead to autism. This is why there is an increase in the number of cases this year. I don’t want to confuse you with science or facts, so thanks again.

    When your child dies from some preventable disease, I hope your other anti vaccination friends will console you.
    A Doc!

    1. Mrs. Castillo says:

      Mr. Hart You are simply wrong. This may be due to not having health insurance or the mother not being as concern in taking the child to a Doctor to get dose of antibotics. This would have cured the infant instead of waiting the very last miinute. I am very inteligent person with a Masters in Science. I have a daughter with Autism. My daughter was just fine at the young age. It is when I took her to get the MMR. She received a fever the next day and her language started to disappear. Mr. Hart it is simple mathematics. If 100 children receive the vaccine and 10 start having bad effects then it is perfect only due to saving the 90 other children. What happens to the 10. Exactly. Mr. Hart God forbid you get to see what the MMR can do to your child or grandchild. I suggest your think before writing!

  3. diana says:

    Ignorant people here with the dumb comments!

    1. vudu says:

      Actually i liked Alan’s.

  4. ddonova says:

    Diana, It is ignorant to think that having thousands of unvaccinated children running around won’t impact your child. It has been proven over and over that Autism is not caused by vaccines.

  5. Peace says:

    Alan, I totally agree! You would not believe that amount of completely insane conversations I have been involved in with anti-vaccination moms. They actually claim that these diseases are really “not that bad” and that they can easily be treated by herbs. These are the same ladies who refuse to give formula to a starving, underweight newborn because they only believe in “natural”. Oh, yes, but they elect to pay twice as much for organic brown diapers and designer organic cotton clothing.

    We should be making immunizations MANDATORY for school entry, unless the child has a diagnosable disease or disorder which contraindicates the introduction of vaccines.

    We should also have vaccination programs at emergency rooms. We should just give them to anyone coming in who cannot prove that they are immunized. Doesn’t matter what age.

  6. C.C. says:

    I think Vaccination is a good thing for children and lil children should not have die due to ignorance!

  7. michelle says:

    To kaattiiieee, sorry katy but its always all WHITE educated people who decline all vaccines!

  8. debrah wise says:

    You took my comments!!! I agree with you and Alan! It is the “educated” (mostly white) who will not vaccinate their kids out of ignorance who are a bigger part of the problem. Most “illegals” glady vaccinate their kids! Katy, get a clue.

  9. wobbles says:

    Whooping cough, measles, mups, rubella, and the list goes on and on. These are all diseases previously eradicated in this country by vaccination and brought back by illegals coming here from dirthole countries that don’t vaccinate.Chances are you are right next to one of them at any point during the day, and much higher a chance if you use any of our taxpayer social services like schools and hospitals.But remember, “illegal immigration is a victimless crime and doesn’t hurt anybody” according to the liberal P.C. police.

  10. The Realist says:

    What comes around goes around, remember when all these filthy disease spreading European people came to North America and infected all the Native Americans…..same thing right…nobody is Innocent.

  11. Sofi says:

    Is there a link to how and where to get a vaccine? If anyone could link it pls . Thanks

  12. mamakat says:

    parents seem to think that they can’t be effected. Thats its only the babies and immuno-compormised kids who die. Well, my daughter is immuno-compormised. Please don’t risk her life for your actions. Adults need to protect the childrent and get the TaP vaccine, as babies don’t even start to get this vaccine til 2 mos. You might think (not true) that your child may get autism if you give her the vaccine, if you dont give your child the vaccine my baby dies.

  13. ALT says:

    I actually just got the Pertussis vaccine today, because I just had my 2nd child (a daughter) on August 30, 2010 and her pediatrician recommended it. I cant wait til she is 2 months old, so she can get more vaccines. She had the Hep B one at the hospital. I also vacc’d my son! He will be 3 in Nov … he has more shots coming up and a physical. I am on top of my ish!

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