Three Confirmed Cases of the Whooping Cough have Health Officials on Alert

EUREKA (KIEM) – There are three confirmed cases of pertussis, also known as the whooping cough.

Earlier this week, a Eureka teen tested positive for the disease.

DHHS says, they have identified forty people who possibly caught the infection. Health experts say, the whooping cough has similar signs to the common cold.

But a key difference is the cough progressively gets worse. The coughing fits can be so serve that it can be hard to catch your breath.

Experts say, the best way to prevent yourself from catching this infection is to get vaccinated.

The last time Humboldt County saw a severe outbreak of the whooping cough was between 2014 and 2015.