Washington Whooping Cough Outbreak

Washington Whooping Cough Outbreak

POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 7:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 7:31pm

Whooping cough, a contagious respiratory illness marked by that tell-tale "whooping" sound when a patient coughs was once nearly eliminated in the U.S but now it is coming back.

So far this year there have been more than eighteen thousand cases reported to the centers for disease control and prevention and nine babies have died.

People in the state of Washington are flooding health clinics and rolling up their sleeves to get a whooping cough booster shot. There have been more than three thousand cases of the illness reported in that state alone more than triple the amount from last year.

 "It's really important for teenagers and all adults to get the booster shot." Secretary of the Washington State Department of Health, Mary Selecky said.

Children with whooping cough have an uncontrollable, violent cough that makes it hard to breathe. Patients often need to take deep breaths that are marked by a whooping sound. They may also have a slight fever and flu-like symptoms. parents who notice these symptoms should have their child checked out right away.

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