by Savitha C Muppala on  July 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM Child Health News
 Whooping Cough Warning in The US
A word of caution has been sounded in the U.S about the rise in cases of pertussis, a highly contagious, bacterial respiratory disease.

There have been 22 cases since January including seven children below one year of age.

More than 3,000 cases of the illness have been diagnosed in Washington State. That's 13 times what they saw by this time last year.

"That's really on track to be a record, since the 1940s and we're seeing similar increases in most states around the country and we're probably on track to have another record year in 2012," said Dr. Thomas Clark of the Centers for Disease Control.

The health district has advised health care providers and parents to receive the vaccine.

If patients come with symptoms, physicians and healthcare providers have been advised to test patients for pertussis.

Adults who care or live with infants have been advised to take the vaccinations.

Source: Medindia

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