(Lancaster) -- A Lancaster County mother who sued doctors and a medical practice over the 2010 death of her two-month-old daughter has been awarded $4 million in damages. Michelle Goldstein's 32-day-old baby died of complications from pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The civil lawsuit filed in March 2016 claimed Lancaster Pediatric Associates should have diagnosed and treated it earlier because the baby's mother described having symptoms of the disease herself and asked that the baby be tested. Attorney Steven Costello of Saxton & Stump LLC, who represents Lancaster Pediatric Associates and the doctors, tells LNP they plan to appeal. The jury this week found the practice and two physicians liable for two visits when the baby started to show symptoms of pertussis. A nurse practitioner reached an undisclosed settlement with prosecutors prior to the trial. … [Read more...] about Jury awards Lancaster County mom $4M over infant’s whooping cough deathYou may also be interested in…
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The United States has just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whooping cough, or pertussis, ebbs and flows in multi-year cycles, and experts say 2012 appears to have reached a peak with 41,880 cases. Another factor: A vaccine used since the 90s doesn't last as long as the old one. The vaccine problem may continue to cause higher than normal case counts in the future, said Dr. Tom Clark of the CDC. "I think the numbers are going to trend up," he said. The agency provided the latest figures on Friday. Last year, cases were up in 48 states and outbreaks were particularly bad in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington state, Wisconsin and Vermont. The good news: Despite the high number of illnesses, deaths didn't increase. Eighteen people died, including 15 infants younger than 1. CDC advises all pregnant women to get whooping cough vaccineWhooping cough vaccine found to wane in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo 2012 worst whooping cough year for US since 1955
NEW YORK Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine. Health officials are looking into whether cases like the dozen found in Philadelphia might be one reason the nation just had its worst year for whooping cough in six decades. The new bug was previously reported in Japan, France and Finland. "It's quite intriguing. It's the first time we've seen this here," said Dr. Tom Clark of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. cases are detailed in a brief report from the CDC and other researchers in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can strike people of any age, but is most dangerous to children. It was once common, but cases in the U.S. dropped after a vaccine was introduced in the 1940s. An increase in illnesses in recent years has been partially blamed on a version of the vaccine used since the 1990s, which doesn't last as long. Last … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Possibly vaccine-resistant whooping cough strain found in U.S.
Texas is currently fighting a whooping cough epidemic, and officials fear that if current rates continue, the state will have the highest number of cases recorded in over 50 years. The Texas Department of State Health Services told the Associated Press Tuesday that there have been 2,160 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, in the state this year. On Sept. 3, the Texas State Department of Health had reported 2,062 pertussis cases. Two deaths this year have been recorded so far, and they both occurred in children too young to be vaccinated. "This is extremely concerning. Pertussis is highly infectious and can cause serious complications, especially in babies, so people should take it seriously," Dr. Lisa Cornelius, Texas infectious diseases medical officer, said to Reuters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared 2012 as the worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades. A total of 41,880 cases were initially recorded in 2012. Pertussis is a highly contagious … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Texas battling whooping cough epidemic
The number of whooping cough cases in the Los Angeles area and throughout California has reached epidemic proportions, state health officials said Friday. The California Department of Public Health said in a statement released Friday that more than 800 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported over the past two weeks. As of June 10, there have been 3,458 cases -- more than in all of 2013. CBS Los Angeles and KNX 1070 news radio report health officials say more than 85 percent of those who have contracted pertussis had preventative shots. "The vaccine, while it's very effective when it's obtained following the first year, each year thereafter, the effectiveness decreases," said Dr. Wilma Wooten with San Diego County Health and Human Services. "That's why we're seeing the infections." However, the number of overall pertussis cases would increase dramatically statewide if fewer people had been vaccinated, Wooten added. Whooping cough begins with cold-like … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Whooping cough reaches epidemic level in California