ANN ARBOR (WXYZ) - Pertussis (Whooping Cough) can cause coughing so severe that it can be hard for the infected person to breathe, or it may feel as if they are choking.
And in about the last month, 25 students at three of Ann Arbor's public schools have contracted the very contagious disease.
Since the beginning of 2013, Washtenaw County Public Health officials report a total of 32 people with confirmed cases of Whooping Cough. That number that is already higher than the county's total for all of 2012.
Public health officials tell 7 Action News that a five-day antibiotic is used to treat Pertussis. Isolation is also suggested to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The children affected attend Pioneer High School, Skyline High and Slauson Middle School.
Some of the students caught the disease even though they had been vaccinated. Still, public health officials encourage vaccination because it is estimated to be about 80-percent effective in preventing Pertussis.
For more information on Whopping Cough, go to http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/news/2013-news-stories/pertussis-whooping-cough-information-vaccination-encouraged