COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Since Jan. 1, 2013, Georgia has had 280 cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.
Of those cases, 22 took place here in the West Central Health District.
An infant died in one case.
Pam Fair with Safe Kids Columbus visited our station to talk about whooping cough. Watch the video for in-depth answers to these questions:
*Is whooping cough a disease only children can get?
No, anyone of any age can get whooping cough. It is especially dangerous for young infants who have not had their vaccinations yet.
*What are the symptoms of whooping cough?
Fever, and a rash.
*How is pertussis/whooping cough prevented?
Whooping cough is given to children by adults, or even older children, who are not vaccinated. Anyone who wants to hold a baby should have the pertussis vaccination.
*What other information would you live to give parents?