(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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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
It was the homeless with hepatitis A and older people with the flu. Now, the next public health threat has newborns in its crosshairs.Fresh from the fight against two deadly vaccine-preventable outbreaks, San Diego’s public health leaders aren’t taking any chances with whooping cough, also known as pertussis.They are warning that, if historical patterns hold, 2018 could see epidemic levels of the highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly deadly for the youngest among us.However, just as is the case with hepatitis and the flu, there is plenty that can be done to safeguard the most vulnerable.While more widespread vaccination against the two recent threats would surely have slowed or even prevented many cases and deaths, preventing whooping cough in the very young is a little different.Babies don’t get their first dose of DTaP, the vaccine that prevents pertussis infection, until they’re two months old, and it takes three more shots — … [Read more...] about Newborns are in the crosshairs of whooping cough this year