Whooping Cough B.C.
February 27, 2012 by staff
Whooping Cough B.C., Health officials in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley – trying to stem a serious whooping cough outbreak – want all adults to get vaccinated. More than 155 cases have been reported in the valley east of Vancouver since December, but the medical officer of health says the number might be as high as 400-500.
The outbreak – the first in seven years – began just before Christmas in Hope and moved west to Chilliwack and Agassiz.
“We have an outbreak that’s spreading and we’re trying to make sure we get as much vaccine into the community as possible because that’s what protects the children,” Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Fraser Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer told CTVNews.ca.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be deadly in young children and babies because they have smaller airways. It’s spread though the air when those infected cough and sneeze.
“This is a nasty disease for little babies,” Dr. Van Buynder said. “If you get this when you’re very young, there’s a significant mortality.”
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