LOS ANGELES — Whooping cough in California has taken an ugly shape with the number of affected people continuously rising, according to USA News Week.
According to reports, as many as 1,500 cases through July 13 have been registered — at least five times greater than the same period last year — and as many as six infants have died due to the outbreak.
Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is thought to be a highly contagious bacterial infection that adversely affects the respiratory system and can be prevented by vaccination, the article stated.
Calaveras County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita has called upon people — especially expectant mothers and those with infants in their households — to get the vaccination, the article noted.
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