Posted: Feb 6, 2014 5:34 PM by AE Stevenson
Updated: Feb 6, 2014 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," is steady increasing its presence in Louisiana.
In 2010 50 cases were reported, but by 2013 there were 182 cases according to health officials.
The highly contagious disease is caused by a bacteria, and gets the "whooping cough" nickname because the person infected is gasping for air. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, and can be deadly.
Immunization is the best way to prevent the illness. Dr. Mindy Calandro provided more information in her interview with News 2's Brittany Weiss, and you can find additional resources on the state Department of Health and Hospitals website.