XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - Greene County health officials are reporting an increase in the cases of whooping cough in the county.
Six cases of pertussis have been reported in the just last couple of days.
Doctors say whooping cough is very contagious, but it is one of the most commonly preventable diseases by vaccine.
Health officials say if your child develops a cold that includes a prolonged or severe cough, it could be pertussis.
It usually first shows up with symptoms similar to the common cold. You can expect a runny nose, sneezing and congestion. The coughing usually begins a week or two later and the child coughs violently and rapidly and they are forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound.
The bacteria is spread by coughing or sneezing in close contact to other people.
Vaccination is the best prevention.
Montgomery County also reported an increase in whooping cough cases. Eleven children tested positive at Dayton Children's Hospital in June.
Visit the Greene County Health District web site for a pertussis fact sheet.
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