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State epidemiologist: Stop the spread of whooping cough

elbow-coughAn infant in Western Alaska died of whooping cough last month. It's the first recorded death from the disease in the state since 2002. The infant was younger than two months, the age when whooping cough vaccinations start. The bacterial infection, which is also known as pertussis is extremely contagious and the number of cases in Alaska started increasing dramatically late last year.

Vaccinations to stifle rise in whooping cough

baby02Whooping cough is on the rise in Alaska. It’s been moving up the coast from California, and in March, caused the death of an infant in Anchorage. But there are ways to avoid catching the highly contagious bacterial infection.