Delta County is seeing a spike in pertussis, also known as whooping cough, cases. The highly contagious respiratory disease causes uncontrollable coughing and can make it difficult for people to breathe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says whooping cough can be fatal, especially to young children under a year old.
Between July and August, Delta County saw seven confirmed cases of the disease.
Bonnie Koehler, the deputy director of the county health department, says this uptick in cases is concerning.