WASHINGTON STATE-- The Washington State Department of Health announced the number of whooping cough cases in the state passed three thousand today.
Here's a quick breakdown of the number of cases reported in our area.
Benton County reported nearly 50 cases so far this year, Franklin County had over thirty, Kittitas County has 25 so far, Walla Walla County reported 35 cases, and Yakima County says they've found at least 260 cases. Only ten percent of whooping cough cases are reported, meaning these numbers are likely just a fraction of all the people sick.
"When you see this kind of increase and you look at these numbers and you know that you're probably only seeing the tip of the iceberg... It really concerns us," says Marianne Patnode with the Yakima Health District.
Health officials say the epidemic could get worse. They say last year they saw the most cases of whooping cough between October and December.