Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Two Children have been diagnosed with pertussis or whooping cough at a child care Center in Douglas County, and they may not be the only ones.
The County Department of Health and Human Services says the two cases are part of a widespread outbreak across the state of Wisconsin. The contagious bacterial disease affects the respiratory tract and is spread by coughing.
Symptoms often begin like a cold with a low grad fever and cough.
Health officials say the best defense against whooping cough is vaccination.
"We recommend all Wisconsin residents check their vaccination status and schedule a visit to their healthcare providers if they have not yet immunized against pertussis," said Dr. Henry Anderson a State Health Officer.
The name of the center in Douglas County isn't being released due to privacy concerns.
For more information visit Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services