There has been a global resurgence in the number of cases of whooping cough in the past decade. Researchers say this may be because the bacterium that causes the disease has been able to outsmart the current vaccine being used.
After releasing the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on the whooping cough epidemic that’s occurring in Washington state, the Centers for Disease Control said as of Thursday, "nationwide, nearly 18,000 cases have been reported to CDC."
The US is going through its worst case of whooping cough outbreak in more than five decades, with a rising number of cases in several states. Health officials are expressing concern that the pattern indicates a problem with effectiveness of vaccine.
San Rafael - An investigation by California doctors has revealed that the state's latest outbreak of whooping cough centered around children who had already received the whooping cough vaccine, Reuters reports.
New York -
Early this year, 13 diagnosed cases of whooping cough were in Smithtown, New York. As the year progressed, that number would increase drastically to 216 cases throughout the entire Suffolk County.