WHOOPING COUGH DEATHS UP

Minnesota health officials have confirmed an infant death related to pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The infant was diagnosed in August and died in November after being hospitalized for three months. The last pediatric death related to pertussis in Minnesota was in 2013. Pertussis is a very contagious disease caused by a bacterium that affects the lungs and airways. It spreads by coughing or sneezing.