BURLINGTON, Vt.—The Vermont Health Department says the number of cases of the highly contagious lung ailment whooping cough is up in the state.
So far 27 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been confirmed in Vermont this year, including six cases in the past month.
Pertussis can be prevented with a vaccine.
Of the recent cases, four were in Chittenden County with one each in Washington and Bennington counties. Probable or suspected cases have been reported in Chittenden, Addison and Windham counties.
The infection usually begins with mild upper respiratory symptoms and an irritating cough that worsens to include possible whooping, short periods without breathing, or vomiting.
Serious complications most common among children under age 1. Complications can include pneumonia, brain inflammation, and in rare cases, death.