Tarrant and Dallas Counties are wrestling with a major outbreak of whooping cough. Dallas County has nearly 330 cases reported so far this year. The numbers in Tarrant County are even higher — at close to 600.
More children are coming down with whooping cough in Tarrant County, just as warnings are going out to get vaccinated against the bacteria.
We know an infant in Dallas County died in what is expected to be the worst whooping cough outbreak in more than 50 years. So far this year, there have been more than 1,100 reported cases in North Texas, with nearly half of them in Tarrant County.
Health officials in Tarrant County said they’ve seen a record number of whooping cough cases and are urging people and businesses to take action.
A whooping cough epidemic continues to spread across North Texas. New cases have been reported in Parker and Wise counties.
At the moment, the only sounds coming from 4-month-old Mason Shepherd are the typical gurgles of a contented baby. But, earlier this summer a horrible cough had his parents worried and thinking the worst.
Whooping cough has reached an outbreak level in the state. More than 1600 cases of the deadly, dangerous virus are reported.
A school principal in Plano is sending warning letters to parents, alerting them that someone at the school has whooping cough. The infected person is at High Tower Elementary, but the letter isn’t specific if the individual is a student or a staff member.
Health officials say the nation is on track to have the worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. Nearly 18,000 cases, including more than 500 in Texas, have been reported so far — more than twice the number seen at this point last year.
Whooping cough is making a deadly resurgence in Texas. In all of 2011, there were 961 reported cases statewide. Through April of this year, though, there have been 424 cases, including one that resulted in the death of a Dallas child.