An infant under six months old from California has lost a battle with following a bout of whooping cough.
According to officials, it’s the first incident of this illness since 2016, following the outbreak, officials from public health are encouraging parents to take proper action.
In a statement released, officials claim whooping cough outbreaks tend to occur every three to five years, however, no information regarding the baby or the family has been released.
The previous epidemic happened in 2014 where over 11,000 cases were reported, another outbreak would be expected to occur within the next year.
Since the previous outbreak of cases, whooping cough has climbed each year, with 1,943 in 2016 and 3,156 in 2017.
According to CDC, whooping cough is also referred to as pertussis, it’s a highly contagious infection caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, which settles in the upper respiratory tract causing airways to swell.
In a press release, Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuaref, San Bernardino Health Officer stated “This is a tragedy for the family and our community. My sincerest condolences are extended to the family at this difficult time.”
There are a few factors that cause the bacteria to be transmitted, for example being close to an infected person and breathing tiny particles expelled into the air.
Early symptoms can include a cough, runny nose and fever, but in more serious cases, one can expect intense coughing spells, vomiting or exhaustion which can persist for up to eight weeks, you may also notice a ‘whooping’ sound, hence the name.
Whooping cough can be detrimental to young infants. California public health officials are urging pregnant women to get vaccinated, as antibodies from a vaccine received between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy can protect an unborn infant until he or she is old enough to receive the vaccination.
Vaccines can be administered to babies as early as six weeks, parents will hopefully take the advice on board and vaccinate their kids to reduce any possible risks.
We are unsure of circumstances surrounding this baby’s however please try to make sure you’re children are up to date on vaccines.
Perhaps we can prevent another outbreak before it occurs again.
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Published By Viraline News.