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New cases of whooping cough

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Whooping cough is showing up in the Tri-Cities, now local officials are strongly urging people to take the proper precautions.

So far five people in the Tri-Cities, including two students in the Kennewick School District have been diagnosed with whooping cough.  One child was at Desert Hills Middle School and the other at Cottonwood Elementary School.

The first signs are a runny noise, sneezing, mild cough, and a low-grade fever.  After a couple weeks the coughing turns into coughing spells.  In 2011, 11 people got the sickness.

"It is something that people aren't always aware of, and because it is highly contagious it can spread very easily from one person to the other, so I don't think this will be the end of our hearing about it in the community," says Dr. Amy Person, Benton Franklin Health District.

Person says get the vaccine to stay safe.  If you already have whooping cough, see your doctor and he or she will give you antibiotics. Click here to read the letter the district will send home to parents tomorrow (Friday).