According to Mainepublic.org, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed whooping cough cases in three Maine school districts. The CDC continues to monitor the high rates here in Maine.

A brutal cold along with the whooping cough have knocked down school and work attendance in Southern Maine. Schools in Yarmouth, Harrison and Falmouth have all had cases of whooping cough. The disease is highly contagious and causes painful, violent coughing. It's especially dangerous to babies who are too young for the vaccine and for people with a weakened immune system and pregnant women as well.

It can take from ten days to three weeks after exposure for symptoms to show, and people remain contagious for up to two weeks after developing their cough. The Maine CDC reminds parents to make sure their children's vaccines are up to date and to take kids to their doctor if they develop a bad cough.