Baby dies of whooping cough in King County

SEATTLE (AP) — A newborn baby who died of whooping cough last week in King County was the first pertussis death in Washington since August 2011 and occurred even though the number of new cases in the epidemic is a tenth of last spring’s rate.

The Seattle-King County Health Department withheld details about Thursday’s death for the family’s privacy, but said it’s a reminder that mothers and family members should be immunized to protect babies from pertussis.