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Shh! Don’t Tell: Near-Epidemic Whooping Cough Sweeping Across U.S.

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 9:00 AM
May 14, 2012

       Children and adults in most parts of the U.S. are being exposed to the highly contagious disease known as whooping cough.  This week, the disease killed a 9-week old baby girl from Idaho.  And earlier, a child in New Mexico also died from the disease.  But so far, federal officials have not declared a national emergency.

Reuters News Agency reports that in the state of Washington alone, more than 1, 280 cases have already been diagnosed this year, which is double the number usually seen in the so-called ‘peak’ years when the disease is rampant.
Mary Selecky, Health Secretary for that state, says, “When we’ve looked historically, we’ve seen nothing like this.”

Charles Simmins of Yahoo News says:  “The number of reported cases of whooping cough is now 6,450, 30 percent higher than for the same time last year.  The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week ending April 21 shows that 48 states and the District of Columbia have reported cases of pertussis [whooping cough].”

Moreover, in her Associated Press article, Donna Gordon Blankinship details that “Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.”

Blankinship adds:  “Until routine child vaccination became widespread in the 1940s, pertussis caused thousands of fatalities each year in the United States. While deaths are uncommon today, they still occur.”

At first the news media gave the impression that high rates of the disease were only in Idaho, Washington and Montana, but cases are being reported across the country.  Those three states are among the 20 states in the U.S. that grant parents exemptions to vaccination requirements for medical or religious grounds.

Also known as pertussis, whooping cough infects between 30 to 50 million people a year around the world and for some 300,000 it is fatal.  Victims have severe coughing attacks, as the disease moves through the lungs and body.

Two years ago, whooping cough hit in the Midwest and Pacific regions of the country, and also in Texas and California.  According to, even then all known cases were not reported to the Centers for Disease Control.

As the world’s most developed nation, the United States should be able to quickly contain and treat such epidemics, giving media loud public calls for vaccinations and booster shots.  This blog repeatedly points to Bible prophecies that decry:  “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them . . . his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand (Ezekiel 33: 6).”

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