ST. PAUL, Minn. – The flu isn’t the only disease on the decline in Minnesota.
The state’s Department of Health says influenza is now considered only a localized problem in Minnesota, with the number of flu-related hospitalizations dropping to its lowest level in over four months. The good news continues with officials saying the number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Minnesota remains for a second week at the lowest level in two years.
Pertussis is a lung disease transmitted through the air by bacteria. It can produce a severe cough that lasts four weeks or longer and can affect anyone of any age, with the most severe impact on infants.
There have been 97 cases of pertussis reported in Minnesota in 2018, with six in Freeborn County and one in Olmsted County.