Wyo. Health Dept. says whooping cough increasing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is seeing an increase in reported cases of whooping cough and the state health department says infants and other vulnerable people should get vaccinated.

The health department says 43 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported this year. There were 76 cases reported last year.

State Health Officer Dr. Wendy Braund says the state watches increases in whooping cough carefully.

Braund says the state is particularly concerned about Campbell County which has seen several cases lately including some involving pregnant women.

Whooping cough typically begins with cold-like symptoms and perhaps a mild cough. It's often not diagnosed until a persistent cough with spasms sets in after one to two weeks. Infants and children can cough violently and rapidly with a loud "whooping" sound.

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