67 whooping cough cases confirmed in Moose Jaw area

More cases of whooping cough are being confirmed around Moose Jaw, Sask.

Five Hills Health Region spokesperson not aware of any cases leading to hospitalization

A whooping cough outbreak has hit Moose Jaw, Sask. (Serhio Lee/Shutterstock)

More cases of whooping cough are being confirmed around Moose Jaw, Sask. 

Earlier this week, the Five Hills Health Region confirmed there were 67 lab-proven cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough due to the sound people who have it make while coughing.

Medical health officer Dr. Mark Vooght said he wasn't aware of any cases that resulted in hospitalization, but the illness can be quite serious for young children and those with compromised immune systems.

Risks include obstruction of airwaves, sepsis and serious infection.

Vooght said many people only get checked out when they're very sick — even bed-bound — and have had whooping cough for a while.

In February, the Five Hills Health Region confirmed an outbreak of whooping cough involving school-aged children. Five people were affected.