17 cases of whooping cough in SW GA

Whooping Cough

Southwest Georgia has 17 active cases of pertussis, better known as the whooping cough.

The entire state currently has 46 active whooping cough cases.

Whooping cough is contagious and officials want children and adults to get the T-dap vaccination which protects against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.

Whooping cough usually begins as a cold and progresses into a cough that can become a string of violent coughing fits with the potential to be deadly. Young children are most at risk and every year there are between 5,000-7,000 cases of whooping cough reported to health officials.

The active cases of whooping cough are in Tift, Turner, and Grady counties.

For more information on the whooping cough from the Center for Disease Control Click Here.