Whooping cough cases on the rise in Canyon County

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) -- Whooping cough in Canyon County is on the rise.

To date, 21 cases of the cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported in Canyon County to the Southwest District Health -- which is three times the number of cases compared to last year.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness in infants, children, and adults. It begins with cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, a mild cough, and a low-grade fever, but symptoms can vary. Typically, after one to two weeks, the cough becomes more severe, especially at night, and cough medicines usually do not help the cough. | More Information

"People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close proximity with others, who then breathe in the whooping cough bacteria," said Jennifer Tripp, Program Manager for Southwest District Health. "Most fully-immunized children are at a lower risk for contracting whooping cough, so the best way to protect against it is immunization," she said.