Saturday, August 31, 2019

Whooping Cough on Campus

From the Bruin: Another UCLA student was diagnosed with whooping cough Wednesday, bringing the total number of on-campus cases to four.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. A student was diagnosed with whooping cough at the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center on Aug. 28, according to an email statement from Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also notified the school of a third case on Aug. 23. The student infected then was a resident of Sproul Cove, Beck said in an earlier statement sent to the Daily Bruin.

He added that the Ashe Center was working with UCLA Housing to email students living on the same floor to inform them of the exposure, and give them instructions to follow if they experience symptoms. Signage would also be placed in the lobby of the building, he said.

“Pertussis is an epidemic in LA County right now and it is highly probable there will be other students that will come down with it,” Beck said...

Full story at

Note: There is a vaccine for pertussis: For some reason, this basic fact is not mentioned in the Bruin article. And what happened to UCLA's vaccination requirements? We're going backwards, folks:

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