November 17, 2008

Listen for whooping cough this winter

An article in the Star Tribune reports that there has been an increase in the number of cases of pertussis- better known as whooping cough. Whooping cough is a bacterial disease that usually peaks every three to five years, according to the article. It is problematic for teens and adults, but "can be fatal for infants."

There is a vaccine for whooping cough, but the article reports that it wears off, so teens and adults can become infected even if they have had the vaccine.

This page on the CDC Web site offers more information on whooping cough.