The Alabama Department of Health warns people about an increase in whooping cough cases in the state this year. The ADPH reports 151 cases of the disease so far this year, up from 113 last year. Ten of those cases are in Calhoun County. Whooping Cough, or Pertussis is highly contagious to those who have not been vaccinated against it. Symptoms start out similar to a common cold, before progressing to coughing fits that have a distinctive “whooping” sound. Infectious Disease Specialist at RMC Anniston, Doctor Raul Magadia says the disease is particularly dangerous to small children. Doctor Magadia goes on to say that the disease was almost non-existent five to seven years ago, but as more parents choose not to vaccinate their children, diseases like whooping cough become more common.