SMITHTOWN - Suffolk County officials have confirmed that a 7-week-old baby died from whooping cough in April.

Suffolk Health Commissioner James L. Tomarken made the announcement just one week after News 12 Long Island reported that 13 students from different schools in Smithtown were diagnosed with the infection.

Tomarken says there have been a total of 40 confirmed cases in the county, including reported infections in the towns of Huntington and Babylon.

The commissioner also said it?s important for all children to be vaccinated, as well as adults who have been exposed to whooping cough.

Suffolk health officials report whooping cough outbreak