Last month California officials declared its whooping cough outbreak an epidemic and today it claimed another life. As of June, 2010 there have been 5 infant deaths all Latinos, 289 cases reported and 600 possible cases being investigated. Babies under 6 months old are the most vulnerable as are adults 64 years or older and pregnant women.
The cases are concentrated in the agricultural regions of the state, where many migrant farm workers live and work. Fresno County is reporting the highest number of cases. Public health information is being offered in English and Spanish.
California’s Department of Health is urging everyone to get vaccinated in order to avoid the scope of the 2005 outbreak with over 3,000 cases reported and 8 infant deaths.