The whooping cough outbreak is growing in Texas, and officials are concerned it may reach new levels. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports on Sept. 3 that 1,935 cases of whooping cough have been reported. The Texas Department of State Health Services is recommending vaccinations for pertussis or whooping cough.
The number of whooping cough cases continues to increase in Texas. Two babies died in 2013 from the disease, and the state believes this may be one of the worst outbreaks in years. The health department has been forced to issue an alert because of the rising number of people who have developed this condition. The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging people to make sure they are vaccinated for pertussis.
Whooping cough is a contagious illness that is characterized by severe coughing. There are vaccines available for this disease, but the CDC mentions that they do not provide lifelong protection and recommends getting a booster dose. In some cases, it is possible for a person to have pertussis despite getting a vaccine, but the illness may be less severe.
Infants are the most vulnerable to whooping cough since they cannot be vaccinated until they are 2 months old. Many of the cases in Texas have appeared in Fort Worth and Arlington. The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging adults and children to stay away from infants if they suspect they may have pertussis. Although Texas is seeing more cases of whopping cough, the total number of reported cases is actually falling in the United States.