Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine.
The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.
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.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they are immunized against whooping cough after six deaths and more than 1,000 cases so far this year.
A whooping cough outbreak could be cause for concern. Hip and knee replacement has been connected to heart health. More teens are practicing safe sex.
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 seems to be making a comeback in several states, including Texas.
A federal advisory panel wants all U.S. adults to get vaccinated against whooping cough.
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