Officials have reported an increase of pertussis cases from last year, having 34 cases from Jan to May this year, while last year there were only 18 in the same period.

Officials reported that the previous year there was 41 years through out the entire year.

People are advised to be vaccinated from pertussis if they are in the risk group, such as pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Reference: Tampa Dispatch. 2016. Whooping cough cases up in Hillsborough County – Tampa Dispatch. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 16 August 2016]