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California whooping cough outbreak update 10-26-10

October 28, 2010 1 comment

The California Department of Public Health has released the latest numbers, as of 10/26/10. Unfortunately, a new death has been recorded since I last reported on this outbreak.

  • 6,257 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of pertussis reported in 2010, for a staterate of 16 cases/100,000.
    • Case Classification:
      -Confirmed: ~67%  (4,192)
      -Probable: ~16%     (1,001)
      -Suspect: ~17%       (1,064)
  • This is the most cases reported in 60 years when 6,613 cases were reported in 1950, and the highest incidence in 51 years when a rate of 16.1 cases/100,000 was reported in 1959.
  • 154 (58%) of hospitalized cases were infants ❤ months of age, and 201 (75%) were infants <6 months of age.
  • 153 (76%) of the hospitalized infants <6 months of age with known race and ethnicity were Hispanic.
  • 10 deaths have been reported; 9 (90%) were Hispanic infants. Nine fatalities were infants <2 months of age at time of disease onset and had not received any doses of pertussis-containing vaccine;the 10th victim was an ex-28 week preemie that was 2 months of age and had received the first dose of DTaP only 15 days prior to disease
    onset.
  • Rates are highest in infants <6 months of age (317.2 cases/100,000), in children aged 7-9 years (46.8 cases/100,000) and children aged 6 months-6 years (38.4 cases/100,000)
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Whooping cough claims 10th baby in California

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

The bad news keep on coming; the 10th baby, yet another 6-week-old,  has succumbed to the whooping cough outbreak in California. All the babies who have died this year were too young to be fully immunized, so health officials are urging parents and caretakers to get booster shots to create a cocoon of immunity around vulnerable children. Our hearts and thoughts go to the families of these 10 innocent infants during these tragic times in their lives. We are very sorry for your loss.

Indiana on track to highest whooping cough rates in 24 years

October 18, 2010 1 comment

Indiana state officials are reporting  that Indiana is on track to see it’s highest whooping cough rates in 24 years. As of mid-September, the number of whooping cough cases reported to the Indiana State Department of Health for 2010 had surpassed 390, close to the total number for 2009, which had a total of 400 cases reported.

“Infants are the most vulnerable and they can die from the  disease,” said Dr. John Christenson, director of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. “But teenagers and adults serve as the vectors for the disease, transmitting it to infants who have no immunity.”

A new state law this year requires all students in grades six through twelve to get a booster shot. For details in Indiana’s school immunization requirements, you can refer to the Q&A posted at the Indiana State Department of Health website.

Vaccine Preventable Death – Grant County Infant

October 12, 2010 1 comment

Whooping cough has claimed the live of another infant, this time in Grant County, Seattle.

Grant County Public Health officials said they have two confirmed cases of whooping cough, or pertussis. Both reports were received this week but there doesn’t appear to be a connection between the two cases, said spokeswoman Theresa Fuller.

The infant, who was being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital, died Tuesday night, Fuller said. The other child is recovering at home.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of this baby,” said Dr. Alexander Brzezny, Grant County health officer.

 

California whooping cough outbreak update

October 7, 2010 2 comments

Here are the latest numbers, reported by the California Department of Public Health, as of 10/05/10. Thankfully, no new deaths have been reported since  I last reported the statistics, one month ago.

  • 5,272 confirmed, probable and suspect cases of pertussis reported in 2010, for a state rate of 13.5 cases/100,000.
    • Case Classification:
      -Confirmed: ~66%  (3,480)
      -Probable: ~17%     (896)
      -Suspect: ~17%       (896)
  • This is the most cases reported in 60 years when 6,613 cases were reported in 1950, and the highest incidence in 51 years when a rate of 16.1 cases/100,000 was reported in 1959.
  • 132 (59%) of hospitalized cases were infants ❤ months of age, and 167 (74%) were infants <6 months of age.
  • 129 (77%) of the hospitalized infants <6 months of age with known race and ethnicity were Hispanic.
  • 9 deaths have been reported; 8 (89%) were Hispanic infants. Eight fatalities were infants <2 months of age at time of disease onset and had not received any doses of pertussis-containing vaccine and the remainder was an ex-28 week preemie that was 2 months of age and had received the first dose of DTaP only 15 days prior to disease
    onset.
  • Rates are highest in infants <6 months of age (261.3 cases/100,000), in children aged 7-9 years (40.2 cases/100,000) and adolescents aged 10-18 years (30.1 cases/100,000)

Whooping cough still a big danger

September 24, 2010 1 comment

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT COFFS COAST INDEPENDENT

PARENTS are reminded not to be complacent regarding the recent whooping cough outbreak which has claimed the lives of several infants in Australia.

After a five-week-old South Australian boy died from the illness earlier this month, state health authorities report a rise in the number of cases of the highly contagious disease.

He was the first infant to die from whooping cough in the state since 2001.

SA Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said “babies and young children are the most vulnerable to complications following infection, as tragically demonstrated in this case”.

“Vaccination provides the best protection against whooping cough,” he said. “It’s important that everyone makes sure their vaccination is up-to-date.”

Professor Phillips encouraged families to protect babies by ensuring everyone who has regular contact with them is vaccinated.

“Babies under six months of age are not able to complete the required series of vaccinations so they remain especially vulnerable,” he said.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT COFFS COAST INDEPENDENT

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5 week old baby dead of whooping cough

September 16, 2010 2 comments

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.”