(CALIFORNIA) – Whooping cough cases are beginning to mount across the State of California, from Ventura to Los Angeles and from Orange to Riverside counties too.
Doctors hold the anti-vaccine approach responsible for this and warn that there are severe consequences of it. Dr. Mark Morocco at UCLA said that whooping cough or Pertussis is extremely contagious but because of the vaccine, it is completely preventable too. He also said that unvaccinated children are likely to be a “baby assassin.” Furthermore, if an unvaccinated child acquires Pertussis and is left untreated, then there is a strong possibility that the other unvaccinated adolescents could catch Pertussis and die.
“The danger of this disease is to infants and newborns, they’re not vaccinated.. they don’t get the cough they just stop breathing.”
The Los Angeles County has already reported 89 such cases. The total cases last year were 283. The Orange County has reported 18 similar cases and have already exceeded 12 cases compared to last year. While 39 cases have also been recorded in Riverside County which are almost five times the number of cases recorded in the same period last year.
The doctors expect the parents to take a stand against the disease by getting their children vaccinated or isolating infected ones who have passed the vaccination stage and needs to be treated immediately with antibiotics.