Whooping cough outbreak in Texas reaches highest level in 50 years

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MIDLAND, TX – Texas is in the grip of the biggest outbreak of whooping cough in the last 50 years.

Whooping cough can last several months, and it can be deadly, especially for babies and young children who have not been vaccinated.

Sixteen states and Washington, D.C. have seen increases in cases compared to this time last year.

Dr. Jason Bowling said, “They actually may have spells of apnea where they stop breathing, so one to two out of 100 infants can actually die from this.”

Here in Texas, doctors have seen more than 2,000 cases. Two babies have died from it.

State officials have issued a health alert telling parents that vaccinations and boosters are vital.

By age 11, only 7 out of 10 kids are fully protected, that’s why the Centers for Disease Control recommends boosters for pre-teens.

Rebecca Johnson said, “It spreads just about like flu. And we know how rapidly flu spreads during the flu session and how it can go through a whole family and pertussis is the same way.”

Adults can get whooping cough, too, so go see a doctor if you think you might have it.

Protect yourself and everyone around you.