Baby dies from whooping cough, Orlando-area health officials say

Baby dies from whooping cough, 1st in 2 decades, health officials say

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A baby has died from whooping cough, the first death from the illness in two decades, the Orange County Health Department said.

The agency has been investigating a recent increase in the number of cases of measles and whooping cough (pertussis) and urges parents to ensure immunizations are up to date, said health department spokesman Dain Weister.

More than 41,000 cases of pertussis were reported in the U.S. in 2012, including 18 deaths, the highest number of pertussis cases in one year since 1955, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these deaths were in children younger than 1 year of age.

Health officials are advising adults with infant children and those who will come in contact with infants to receive a tetanus/pertussis booster vaccination.

The Orange County Health Department provides immunizations 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 832 West Central Blvd., Orlando. Services are provided on a walk-in basis. In Seminole County, immunizations are provided at the health department's Sanford facility at 400 West Airport Blvd. Hours are 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 8-11:30 a.m. Thursday.

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