Southwestern Idaho health officials say whooping cough cases are on the rise in Ada and Canyon Counties.
Central District Health Epidemiologist Sarah Correll told Boise television station KTVB that usually only a small portion of whooping cough cases are reported, and right now the number of reports is about four times higher than average. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause severe coughing. The illness can be potentially deadly to infants or small children who are too young to be vaccinated.
Correll says it's not unusual to see whooping cough spike about every five years. So far there are 26 confirmed cases in Canyon County and 25 in Ada County.
Health officials recommend that anyone who will be around a newborn have up-to-date vaccinations.