pertussis http://kplu.org en Local baby is first to die from whooping cough; new tips for pregnant moms http://kplu.org/post/local-baby-first-die-whooping-cough-new-tips-pregnant-moms <p></p><p>The whooping cough epidemic in Washington is nearly over – but not soon enough for a baby in King County. The newborn was Washington’s first fatality this year, despite a near-record number of infections.</p><blockquote><p>"The baby had gone home, and we believe it was exposed to someone with unrecognized pertussis, got infected, and then developed complications and died," says Jeff Duchin, chief of epidemiology for Public Health Seattle &amp; King County.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:18:17 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7405 at http://kplu.org Local baby is first to die from whooping cough; new tips for pregnant moms New clue about whooping cough epidemic from CDC investigators http://kplu.org/post/new-clue-about-whooping-cough-epidemic-cdc-investigators <p>Federal health investigators say a new clue has emerged about the whooping cough epidemic in Washington.</p><p>The epidemic shows no signs of waning &ndash; and the U.S. is on track to have more whooping cough cases than any time in 53 years. Washington and Wisconsin have the biggest outbreaks this year, with 3,000 reported cases each.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:52:56 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5663 at http://kplu.org New clue about whooping cough epidemic from CDC investigators Whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington state http://kplu.org/post/whooping-cough-epidemic-declared-washington-state <p>Washington state&#39;s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 19:05:42 +0000 The Associated Press 4984 at http://kplu.org Whooping cough spiking statewide, outbreak in Snohomish http://kplu.org/post/whooping-cough-spiking-statewide-outbreak-snohomish <p>Whooping cough has made a big comeback across Washington. With <a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/documents/pertsumm.pdf">more than 900 cases statewide</a>, the illness hit its highest numbers last year since a similar spike in 2005.&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s reached epidemic proportions in Snohomish County.&nbsp;</p><p>The situation there is serious enough that health agencies offered two free vaccination clinics last Saturday &ndash; and plan another one later this month.</p><p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:23:44 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4099 at http://kplu.org Whooping cough hits Tacoma elementary school http://kplu.org/post/whooping-cough-hits-tacoma-elementary-school <p>A whooping cough outbreak at an elementary school in north Tacoma has sickened at least six children.&nbsp; Investigators are looking into additional cases.&nbsp;</p><p>The disease, also known as pertussis, can cause serious illness in young children, especially infants.&nbsp; <span style="color: black;">More than one-third of infants less than one year old who get the disease must be hospitalized, according to the </span>Tacoma - Pierce County Health Department. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:40:33 +0000 KPLU News Staff 365 at http://kplu.org