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Whooping cough outbreak claims 10 infants in California

October 25, 2010
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ATLANTIC CITY — With the worst outbreak in 60 years, whooping cough, or Pertussis, has already claimed the lives of 10 victims in the state of California, according to the Atlantic City Buzz Examiner.
A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, reports all of the deaths occurred in infants under the age of three months old and nine were younger than eight weeks old, which is too young to receive the vaccination against the disease.
Reports have shown that since the beginning of the year, 5,978 cases of the disease have been reported and confirmed in the sunshine state, the article stated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one in five infants will develop pneumonia as a result of Pertussis and one in 100 experience convulsions, the article noted.
According to the article, in rare cases, one in 100 are deadly, especially when it comes to infants.
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