20 Jul '12, 2pm

Whooping cough cases on track for 50-year high

Whooping cough cases on track for 50-year high

Whooping cough bacteria on a charcoal agar. Click to embiggen. (Photo by Nathan Reading .) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that 2012 will be the worst year for whooping cough since 1959 . But don’t jump to the conclusion that the problem lies with the anti-vaccination crowd. For now, at least, the problem is more likely with changes in the vaccine itself. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far — more than twice the number seen at this point last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. At this pace, the number for the entire year will be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported. Nine children have died, and health officials called on adults — especially pregnant women and those who spend time around children — to get a booster shot as soon as possible. The CDC indicates that whooping cough outbreaks tend t...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/whooping-cough-cases-on-track-for-5...

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