Whooping cough is on the rise and health officials say people should make sure they have proper vaccinations in order to ward the illness off. More than eleven-hundred cases have been reported across the state. Most have occurred in Chicago and the surrounding collar counties. Children are particularly susceptible to the illness.
Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild, occasional cough. The cough gradually turns severe, followed by a high-pitched "whoop." Anyone who thinks they may have whooping cough or have come into contact with someone who has it should seek medical attention right away.