Bianca Castro, NBC 5 News
The Tarrant County Health Department have been briefed on the number of whooping cough cases for 2014 and are concerned it could be a repeat of 2013, which set a new record for pertussis cases.
After setting a record in 2013, officials with the Tarrant County Health Department are concerned the number of recorded pertussis cases could again set a record this year.
Whooping cough, known to physicians as pertussis, has seen a resurgence in recent years.
As of June 16 there have been 174 reported cases of whooping cough in Tarrant County, roughly the same number of cases recorded by this time last year.
Health officials believe that the number of cases could get higher once current possible cases are vetted.
Tarrant County is not the only region with a high number of whooping cough cases. The highly infectious bacterial disease, which can be spread by coughing, has reached epidemic levels in California, according to the California Health Department
A record 700 cases were reported in 2013 in Tarrant County — many of them were reported in infants.
Heath officials advise that early, short-term protection is critical.
The Tarrant County Health Department compiled a list of recommendations to protect infants against pertussis.