AM Update: 9/7/12
8:47 am
Fri September 7, 2012

AM Update: Whooping Cough Concerns, Voter Registration Laws, Clemens Plays Ball With Son

Vaccinations are urged to prevent the spread of whooping cough, which has claimed the live of six Texas children.
Judy Schmidt, Centers for Disease Control

A good Friday morning. Record high temperatures are still expected today, before a Saturday cold front brings decreased temperatures and an elevated fire risk. Here's some of the area's top overnight stories. 

Most Texas Whooping Cough Deaths Since 2005

The Texas Department of State Health Services says there have been more whooping cough deaths this year than in the past several years. The department says six children in Texas have died from whooping cough (aka pertussis) and more than 1,000 people have gotten sick.

Travis County leads the state in the number of whooping cough cases with 163 as of the end of August – that's about 14 percent of the state total. No one in Travis County has died from the illness. The Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department says it is "highly aggressive" in seeking out whooping cough cases so the numbers could be somewhat misleading. The department works with local health providers to identify whooping cough cases and alert them of clusters of incidents.

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11:55 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Whooping Cough Not Going Away in Central Texas

Bordetella pertussis bacteria, which is the etiologic pathogen for pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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