KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent County Health Department is seeing a slight uptick in whooping cough cases.
Health Department spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante says from Jan. 1 to Dec. 5, 13 cases of whooping cough were reported in Kent County. During that same time last year, only nine cases of whooping cough were reported in the county. Whooping cough last spiked in 2010, with 17 cases locally. In a month-by-month breakdown of the year, January had the most reported cases (5), followed by August (3) and September (2).
The Allegan County Health Department is also dealing with a higher number of whooping cough cases; 21 people reported coming down with whooping cough between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1. That's more than double the number of cases reported during the same time last year, according to the health department's Dr. Richard Tooker.