Whooping Cough Epidemic in Washington State

Washington Whooping Cough/Frank EidsonWashington State Declares Whooping Cough Epidemic

The Associated Press reports that the Center of Disease Control has been contacted for help by concerned health care officials in Seattle, Washington.

This is one of the state’s worst break outs of whooping cough in decades.  The amount of cases has soared so high and rapidly that it has prompted the outbreak to be declared an epidemic.

State health officials are looking for federal help in controlling the epidemic, they are also urging residents to get vaccinated as quickly as possible as whooping cough is highly contagious.

Washington has had 10 times the amount of cases this year as they had reported in all of 2011.  It is the first state to declare a whooping cough epidemic since the state of California in 2010.

The Center of Disease Control spokeswomen, Alison Patti, reminds adults and teens to get booster shots so the disease will not spread to the babies in their lives.


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