Are you aware that America is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks of whooping cough in the last 50 years?
Did you know that pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is highly contagious and is transmitted through the air in the coughs and sneezes by the person who is infected with the disease? That touching a wet surfaces where an infected person has coughed or sneezed on and then touching one’s own eyes or nose can also be a way of catching the disease?
As of November 17, 2012, the number of reported pertussis count exceeded 36,000. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is twice the level seen in 2011 and well over the 2010 level of 27,550. The level for 2013 is even higher and growing almost daily.
Some of the areas in the U.S. reporting the increases in whooping cough cases include Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, to name just a few. In states like Arizona that have a high number of illegal immigrants coming into the area through the U.S./Mexico border, there has been a 300 to 400 percent rise in the disease during the last few years. In Pima County alone there have been at least 51 known cases so far this year.
Whooping cough can be deadly, especially for infants younger than 3 months old, 7 to 10 years old and teenagers 13 to 14 years old, and the elderly.
Whooping cough usually resembles the symptoms of the common cold with a runny or stuffy nose, a little or no fever and a cough. Many people may not even feel sick enough to see a doctor but if they have Whooping cough, they may be spreading the disease without realizing it.
It is so contagious that anyone living with them can become infected. Even people who have been vaccinated against pertussis may be at risk because the vaccines being used now wears off during a five year period.
If this is or becomes an even more profound epidemic what will happen as a growing number of doctors leave the profession in response to Obamacare mandates and restrictions? Will the hospital emergency waiting rooms substitute for a physican's care and become a breeding ground for the spread of diseases like whooping cough?