News PHU says the Northern Whooping Cough Outbreak is Currently Not an Issue in Timmins SHARE ON: Mackenzie Read, staff Monday, Jul. 9th, 2018 Porcupine Health Unit building. Photo credit: Porcupine Health Unit The whooping cough disease is spreading around Northern Ontario, but the Porcupine Health Unit says there is no current threat to the Timmins area. Currently areas around Powassan are seeing a whooping cough outbreak. The heath unit says if you are doing any traveling to the area, or have people visiting, you should make sure you have all your vaccinations up to date. Public Health Nurse Dominique Mongeon says whooping cough is easily spread so making sure your vaccinations are all good is the best way to protect yourself. //www.mytimminsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/whooping-cough-1.wav Mongeon says the Timmins area typically sees about two to three cases reported every year. She says the disease typically starts as a regular cough. //www.mytimminsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/whooping-cough-2.wav Mongeon say if you think you have these symptoms, you should talk to a doctor. She says if an outbreak were to happen, PHU would send out a notice.