WOODBURY - Health officials say cases of whooping cough have more than tripled in Suffolk County.

There have been 179 cases so far this year compared to 54 last year.

Nassau County is not reporting an increase of cases.

Doctors are asked to be on the lookout for a dry cough that makes a whooping sound and coughing spells that are violent enough to make ribs crack.

Suffolk health officials confirm new whooping cough outbreak