Two cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been reported in Pullman, Wash., reports the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Both cases were found in students attending Pullman High School and reported to the Whitman County Health Department in the last two weeks. Since September, health care providers have confirmed seven cases of whooping cough in Whitman County, which the WCHD has considered an outbreak since Nov. 18.
Whopping cough is characterized by persistent cough, particularly if it's accompanied by vomiting, a whooping sound, bleeding, fainting or breathing pain. The disease can cause permanent damge to the lungs, and is particularly threatening to the young, elderly and those who are immunocompromised, unvaccinated or have preexisting lung conditions. Treatment consists of an antibiotic regimen, but the disease can be prevented through the use of readily available vaccines.
In the past, Boise Weekly has reported on the growing trend of individuals and families that reject immunization. To read more about this growing public health threat, read here.