Health officials are investigating reports of a possible whooping cough exposure at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington.
Officials say that two staff were diagnosed with the disease Wednesday. The possible exposure period is between April 2nd and 23rd for 246 patients who went through the St. Joseph’s Medical Center. These patients have been notified.
Health officials also say they’re seeing an increase in whooping cough at Western Washington University. They say that they are working to contain the disease in order to stop the spread.
“Pertussis (whooping cough) is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe,” according to the CDC. “After cough fits, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths, which result in a ‘whooping’ sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.”