10/22/2015 16:48 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Whooping cough outbreak in southeastern New Brunswick continues to grow:official

MONCTON, N.B. — A New Brunswick medical official says a whooping cough outbreak in the southeastern area of the province continues to grow.

Dr. Yves Leger says there are now 36 confirmed cases, mainly in the Moncton area.

Whooping cough is a contagious disease of the lungs and throat caused by the spread of a certain type of bacteria.

Leger says the outbreak is mainly affecting adolescents, along with a few cases in adults.

He says it's important for people to be vaccinated against whooping cough, even though most of those affected in this outbreak were up to date on their immunizations.

Leger says Public Health is continuing to offer more vaccine clinics, with a focus on pregnant women and those in close contact with infants. (CKHJ)

The Canadian Press