NINTH CALIFORNIA BABY DIES FROM WHOOPING COUGH

California’s epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough) has claimed the life of a San Bernardino county infant, the ninth baby to die from the disease this year, Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, announced today.

“This baby’s death is a tragedy for a family and a painful reminder for all of us that vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis are still with us,” Horton said.  “We have an effective vaccine to prevent pertussis.  We need the help of the entire community to combat this epidemic and particularly to ensure the protection of young infants.”