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Slight up tick in Whooping Cough cases this season

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Gundersen Health System said they've diagnosed six cases of Whooping Cough over the last 30 days.

Mayo Clinic Health System said they've diagnosed two cases of Whooping Cough so far this season.

Mayo said this is a slight up tick, but nothing to warrant the title outbreak.

Whooping Cough, or Pertussis, may cause a severe hacking cough followed by a high pitched intake of breath.

"Especially if you've had a cough for like two weeks," Kellie Dixon, Infection Prevention Control Specialist, Mayo said.  "And it's just not getting any better than most likely that is not just a normal cold and its time to go in.  However we'd like to see you come in if you have any suspicion going in earlier do you can get an antibiotic treatment."

Whooping Cough is highly contagious and is easily spread through the air.

"The worst news about whooping cough is there is not a lot we can do about the symptoms of the cough itself," Dixon said. "We can give you the antibiotic to treat the disease but anything that helps you deal with the symptoms, cough drops, cough syrup."

Whooping Cough is on the rise because the vaccine you receive as a child eventually wears off.  This leaves teenagers and adults susceptible to infection.  It's especially dangerous for babies under six months who haven't received the vaccine yet.

The best way to prevent it is by getting the vaccine.

The classic symptoms for kids are: runny nose, fever and a cough so severe the person wheezes, and has to gasp for air.

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