whooping cough http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Whooping cough is on the rise, is greatest threat to infants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/whooping-cough-rise-greatest-threat-infants <p>The Wyoming Department of Health has recorded a sharp increase in cases of pertussis – also known as “Whooping Cough”.<br><br>The illness has cold-like symptoms, and after a week or two, infected people usually develop a loud, persistent cough and spasms. Sixty-three cases have been reported this year already, four more than in all of 2012.<br><br>Health department spokeswoman Kim Deti&nbsp;says pertussis is most dangerous to babies under a year old. More than half need to be hospitalized if they catch whooping cough, and some die.<br> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:31:24 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 46826 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Whooping cough is on the rise, is greatest threat to infants