There have been 39 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) since January in Northern Kentucky. The average cases per year from 2003-2009 was only 25 cases. Northern Kentucky Health Department on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 urged vaccinations for infants and booster shots for older children and adults who spend time around infants. Whooping cough can be severe in patients under 1 years old.
Early symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild cough, which turns into a persistent cough that comes in explosive bursts.