5 week old baby dead of whooping cough
A 5-week-old baby has succumbed to whooping cough, this time in Adelaide, Australia. The baby was admitted in the hospital on Saturday, September 11, 2010 and died on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. The baby was too young to be vaccinated. South Adelaide has seen a 30+% increase in incidence of whooping cough this year, with a total of 3991 cases reported to date in 2010, compared with 2961 at the same time last year, which had a total of 5250 for the full year.
“Whooping cough can be a very serious illness and babies and young children are the most vulnerable to complications following infection, as tragically demonstrated in this case,” Prof Phillips said.
“Babies under six months of age are not able to complete the required series of vaccinations so they remain especially vulnerable to whooping cough.”