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Whooping Cough Cases Spike

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From Ventura to Los Angeles, Orange to Riverside, whooping cough cases are on the rise.

Doctors blame the anti-vaccine trend and they warn there are dangerous consequences.  UCLA's Dr. Mark Morocco says Pertussis or whooping cough is highly contagious and thanks to the vaccine, completely preventable.  He says, unvaccinated children have the potential to be a "baby assassin."   If an unvaccinated child contracts Pertussis and then goes out and infects an infant too young to be vaccinated, that child could catch whooping cough 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."

In Los Angeles County, there've already been 89 reported cases.  In 2013, there were a total of 283 cases.  In Orange County, there've been 18 confirmed cases, already exceeding the 12 cases during 2013.

In Riverside County, so far there've been 39 cases, almost five times the number of cases for the same period last year.

One parent, Daphne Shih says, if she knows a child hasn't been vaccinated, she just might keep her 2 year old away from them.

Doctors hope other parents take a stand to help bring the number of whooping cough cases back down.

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