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Whooping Cough Cases In Long Beach On The Rise

Heather Navarro |
April 22, 2014 | 4:43 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Whooping cough cases nearly quadrupled since 2013 in Long Beach, the L.A. Times reported Tuesday.

Cases of whooping cough shot up drastically in Long Beach. (Twitter/@Region8News)
Cases of whooping cough shot up drastically in Long Beach. (Twitter/@Region8News)

More than 40 cases have been reported since January, while only 15 cases were reported in all of 2013.

Only four were reported in 2012.

No deaths linked to these numbers have been reported.

In February, an infant in Riverside died of whooping cough, as reported by NBC Los Angeles.

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In January, a graphic published by the L.A. Times shows the outbreak of preventable diseases, including whooping cough, around the world.

Columnist Michael Hiltzik explained how dangerous the anti-vaccine movement can be.

“Researchers have pointed to the effect of "non-medical exemptions" from legally required whooping cough immunizations -- those premised on personal beliefs rather than medical reasons -- as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California,” Hiltzik wrote.

WATCH PBS NewsHour's piece on a mother who lost her baby to whooping cough in 2011.

Jenny McCarthy, actress and once staunch anti-vaccine advocate who said it contributed to her son’s autism, recently backtracked in a Chicago Sun Times article in the beginning of the year.

“I’m not anti-vaccine," McCarthy wrote. "For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, ‘pro-vaccine’ and for years I have been wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine.'"

You can see for yourself what McCarthy has said about vaccines since the beginning of the anti-vaccine movement in a cleverly produced article by the Washington Post.

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