LOS ANGELES — A whooping cough epidemic
that has claimed the lives of five Latino infants this year has prompted California health officials to launch an outreach campaign in minority communities, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The California Department of Public Health
is distributing educational material and news releases in different languages and hosting roundtables for ethnic media representatives who could help spread the word about the disease and its prevention, the article stated.
"The most important is to send out the message that people should be vaccinated. This is a disease that can be controlled and can be prevented with vaccination," Dr. Juan Ruiz, chief of preparedness and response for the department''s communicable disease control division.
Broad outreach started a couple of months ago and emphasis was being put on targeting Spanish- and Chinese-language communities, the article noted.
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