In the previous year, the number of whooping cough cases has doubled in the state of Indiana. In the first half of 2017, there were 176 reported cases of whooping cough, with one of them being fatal. This number may not seem like much, though it is a big jump when you consider the fact that there were only 66 nonfatal cases reported in the first half of 2016.
Whooping cough is one of the most treatable and preventable ailments in the Western world, though there is a possibility of it turning deadly.
The disease is a bacterial infection. It used to be call pertussis. In its mildest form, whooping cough shows itself through cold-like symptom, or no symptoms at all. In more severe cases of whopping cough, a person has violent fits of coughing that have a “whooping” sound. It is possible for people to fracture their ribs from coughing so hard. Children are especially vulnerable to whooping cough, and it can most easily turn deadly for babies.
Some experts are saying that we should not sweat about the seemingly increasing amount of whooping cough cases. They say that whooping cough rates are usually cyclical, and that the cycle whooping cough follows usually lasts around three years.
There has been an increased awareness of whooping cough, and people are actively thinking about it. The diagnostic tests for whooping cough are better than ever. The factors may partially explain why there are more reported cases.
State health officials in Indiana are urging parents to vaccinate their children against whooping cough to prevent tragedies.