A possible case of measles at Palm Desert High School prompted school district and county health officials Wednesday to bar 66 students from campus.
Forty-two confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease, technically known as pertussis, have been reported in Long Beach this year, the majority of which involve school-age children.
California health officials want parents of teens to get up to date on their whooping cough vaccine to get into compliance with a new law for 2011.
Twice as many cases of whooping cough have been diagnosed this year in California as compared to the last peak year in 2005.
Health officials say whooping cough caused the death of a 6-week-old baby in San Diego County last week, bringing to ten the number of babies who have died in California during this year’s epidemic.
State health officials say California’s whooping cough epidemic is on track to break a 55-year record, with 4,017 infections and nine deaths statewide this year.