Whooping Cough http://wyso.org en Whooping Cough Cases On Track For Highest Total Since 2010 http://wyso.org/post/whooping-cough-cases-track-highest-total-2010 <p>The name makes it sound like an old-fashioned disease, but whooping cough cases are up. And state health officials are encouraging Ohioans to get booster shots.</p><p>The Ohio Department of Health says the highly contagious cough is one of the most commonly occurring, but vaccine-preventable, diseases in the United States. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is usually spread by coughing or sneezing.</p><p>It often starts with cold-like symptoms before turning into a persistent cough with spasms.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Kabir Bhatia (WKSU) 41890 at http://wyso.org