State Issues Whooping Cough Alert | KERA News

State Issues Whooping Cough Alert

Sep 3, 2013

State health officials have issued a whopping cough alert.  Dr. Lisa Cornelius, infectious diseases medical officer, calls the number of pertussis, or whooping cough cases in Texas extremely concerning.

The state is on pace to see the most cases since the 1950’s, and state officials are urging people to make sure they are vaccinated.  Texas reports nearly 2,000 cases so far this year with two deaths. Both were infants too young to be vaccinated.

Tarrant County leads the state in the number of cases, with more than 433.

Health officials urge adults caring for infants and young children to get a booster shot.

At first, whooping cough looks like a cold. But it lingers and develops into something much more serious.

An Azle school teacher recounts her painful experience after her daughter brought whooping cough home from school and she got it, too.