Whooping cough cases confirmed in Ga.

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — Some Georgia health officials are warning parents to vaccinate children after cases of whooping cough have increased in Georgia.

Authorities tell WALB that 46 cases have been confirmed in Georgia and it's contagious.

Dr. Jacqueline Grant, of the Southwest Public Health District, says it normally starts out feeling like a cold, then progresses to a persistent cough and later, coughing fits.

Grant says it can cause brain swelling and death in children.

Health officials are looking into cases of possible whooping cough, or pertussis, in Tift, Turner and Grady counties.


Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/