- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Health officials say a baby from San Diego has died from whooping cough.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Monday the 5-week-old died last week. No other details are immediately available.

It’s the second whooping cough death in California this year. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can spread through coughing. Babies who are too young to be vaccinated are at greatest risk.

In 2010, California recorded more than 9,000 cases of whooping cough including 10 infant deaths. Whooping cough tends to peak every three to five years. The last epidemic in the state occurred in 2014.

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