LANSING (WKZO) -- A potentially deadly respiratory infection is on the rise in Michigan.
The number of cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, continue to climb.
So far this year there have been over 1300 confirmed and suspected cases in the state. That represents the highest number in years.
Earlier this month, a student in the Van Buren School District on the east side of the state was diagnosed with the virus.
Symptoms of whooping cough include violent coughing, vomiting and a fever. Health officials stress that education and vaccinations are the best way to bring down the number of cases.