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California declares whooping cough epidemic

Most patients no longer worry about pertussis, but it’s rearing its head more often lately — with deadly results. 

So far, the state has confirmed 910 cases from the current outbreak. Several hundred more infections are suspected and being investigated. It’s expected to be the largest outbreak in the state in 50 years.

Public health officials are urging all residents, but especially those of Latino descent, to get vaccinated.

So far five deaths have been confirmed. All the victims were Latino infants under the age of 3 months. Officials suspect that in particular, Latino agricultural workers are at greater risk, since they are less likely to be vaccinated or to have current information on the disease.

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