Whooping cough is still going around

Make sure to get the shot & what to look for

Published On: Oct 31 2013 03:28:21 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 11:43:11 AM EDT
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WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. -

 Pertussis or "whooping cough" is still going around in metro Detroit.

Washtenaw County reports every week 2 to 3 new cases are being reported.

So far this year, 158 cases has been documented which is the highest outbreak since 2010.

Pertussis is known as the whooping cough due to the "whoop" sound made when a person tries to breathe after a hard cough.

The health department is recommending everyone get the Tdap or pertussis shot.

You can also stop the spread of the disease by simply covering your mouth and washing your hands.

Symptoms include:

Low grade fever

Runny nose

Cough which becomes more severe after 1 to 2 weeks. Cough lasts for more than a month.