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Whooping cough cases increasing in South Dakota, especially Black Hills

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PIERRE (AP) — Health officials say the number of pertussis cases in South Dakota is on the rise.

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The Department of Health says that while the state saw 67 cases last year, 29 have been reported in the first five months of 2014.

Pertussis is also known as whooping cough. It's a highly contagious disease that's spread through the air by cough.

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