by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Department of Public Health has been flooded with reports of suspect cases of whooping cough. Out of the 22 reports of Pertussis they've received so far, 8 have been confirmed as whooping cough, another as a probable case, two were determined not to be Pertussis, while eleven remain suspect cases.
Whooping cough is highly contagious. Symptoms in children are characterized by repeated violent fits of coughing followed by a high-pitched crowing sound or "whoop".
Parents are urged to make sure that their children receive their recommended immunizations.