There's been a dozen confirmed cases of whooping cough in Mesa County since the first of November.

The 12 cases are considerably more than just 1 during this same time period last year. This contagious respiratory disease is preventable with vaccinations. Whooping cough symptoms include...

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Fever
  • Cough

After a week or so, the signs and symptoms worsen. Large amounts of mucus can accumulate in airways, causing the uncontrollable coughing. Whooping cough is caused by bacteria. When a sick and infected person coughs or sneezes they can infect others when the air is breathed in.

Mesa County Public Health says families should stay current on their vaccinations. If you have questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact them 970-248-6900 or click HERE. Always remember to wash your hands often and cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Encourage kids to do the same.

Credit: KJCT 8