A tropical wave is moving from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico. The circulation is over land right now, but it is worth watching as it pushes west. It is not likely anything will develop untilmore>>
Dolly has developed in the southern Gulf of Mexico, but not a threat to the northern Gulf coast.more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. The traditionally slow months are transforming with the return of some big-name conventions. more>>
Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as the last day to wear white.more>>
Labor Day is the official end of the summer season, and it's been known as a stopping point for wearing white.more>>
NEW ORLEANS - If you have young children, you may want to make sure they are vaccinated against whooping cough. The number of cases in Louisiana so far this year has surpassed last year's record number of 160.
At a St. Charles Avenue park, children enjoyed themselves on the playground under adult supervision. But around the state, youngsters are falling victim to the highly contagious whooping cough, also known as pertussis.
"Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease. It should have disappeared in the 1970s," said Dr. Brobson Lutz with the Orleans Parish Medical Society.
Nanette McCrossen supervised her two granddaughters, Katie and Sara Wilson, as they played at the park. She said she recently heard about the uptick in whooping cough cases and the need for adults who have contact with infants to be vaccinated.
"I was surprised until recently a family member's daughter is having a baby, and everybody is required if they're within two to three weeks of visiting the child to get the whooping cough vaccine," McCrossen said.
State epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard said Friday there are at least 170 cases statewide and there could be more to come.
"It's mostly children, yes," Ratard said.
He said most cases involve children under the age of 1.
"Because that's when they are not immunized, and that's when an adult is going to come and going to infect them," Ratard said.
"We've got parents that don't immunize and then we've got pregnant women that for whatever reason have not had their adequate immunizations," Lutz said.
The disease is hardest on small children, according to medical experts.
"Expelling all of the air out of their little lungs and then taking a whoop to bring it back in and that's the classic whoop of whooping cough," said Lutz.
He said adults tend not to make the "whooping" sound as much as young children afflicted by the condition.
"It's called the cough of 100 days in adults because you could literally cough for a hundred days," said Lutz.
Ratard said when it comes to whooping cough, it's much easier to diagnose it in adults than children.
"The newer tests make it easy. If you have an adult who has a chronic cough, think about whooping cough and it's easier to diagnose," said Ratard.
As Anna Montgomery held her 8-month-old daughter, Marie, she committed to making sure her children are protected.
"I will make sure that they include that on her next month's [doctor] visit, and then make sure my other two children are vaccinated, as well," Montgomery said.
State health officials said cases have increased over the past decade, but Louisiana's rates remain below the national level.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffeymore>>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.more>>
For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theymore>>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.more>>
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.more>>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.more>>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:42:59 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. Beardmore>>
Monday night, Thompson was seen leading officers around a field in the Pocahontas area, but there is no clarification or information to confirm what this was about.more>>