Eye On New York: On The Whooping Cough

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – Hundreds of children on Long Island are battling a potentially fatal bacterial infection known as whooping cough.

Now, the outbreak is prompting a warning from the Suffolk County Health Department.

In this segment of Eye on New York, CBS 2’s Emily Smith reports on the infection’s rise and Dana Tyler speaks with Dr. Jane Zucker, the New York City Health Department’s Assistant Commissioner for Immunization, about what you can do to protect your children.

  • Kristine Hassan

    I’m glad there is so much attention now on the dangers of whooping cough. I wish this piece had mentioned how dangerous it is for infants. Anyone who is around a baby (especially a baby under 6 months old) should stay away if they have a cough. Sometimes whooping cough is misdiagnosed (as bronchitis or an upper respiratory infection) or diagnosed after an infant is infected. It is potentially fatal. My son contracted whooping cough when he was one month old and ended up in the hospital for a week.

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