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More cases of whooping cough popping up

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More cases of whooping cough are showing up in Chatham County.

Public health officials say symptoms can be similar to a cold but can turn into a severe hacking cough that lasts for a prolonged period of time. We spoke with Dr. Edward Doco who says doctors aren't really sure why we are seeing more adults with whooping cough.

"It's usually a childhood disease and it's we are trying our very best to prevent it with vaccinations but lately we've been seeing it more and more in adults and it's not as severe as it is in children but it can become something of concern," said Doco.

Doco says make sure you have received a booster shot that protects against whooping cough. And if you think you might have whopping cough, contact your doctor right away.

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