Jul 9, 2010 3:15 PM by Carina Corral
Weeks after being declared an epidemic, California public health officials report the number of whooping cough cases in the state has jumped by more than 400 in just two weeks; a quarter of those cases are right here on the Central Coast.
Statewide, as of June 30, there have been more than 1,300 reported cases of whooping cough, another 700 cases are being investigated and five babies have died of the illness.
In San Luis Obispo County, 232 cases have been reported so far this year, up almost 100 from two weeks ago and compared to just two for all of 2009.
In Santa Barbara County, there have been seven cases reported, up two from two weeks ago.
Health experts advise parents and child care providers to be vaccinated.