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Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease that is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths. There are 30–50 million cases per year, and about 300,000 deaths per year. Virtually all deaths occur in children under one year of age. Ninety percent of all cases occur in developing countries. It is caused by certain species of the bacterium Bordetella—usually B. pertussis, but some cases are caused by B. parapertussis.


Pertussis as related to Cough, Whooping


  • Pertussis | Whooping Cough | Home | CDC
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  • whooping cough - WebMD
    WebMD explains whooping cough (also known as pertussis), a bacterial infection that causes a cough and cold-like symptoms. Vaccines may help prevent it.

  • Whooping cough - Mayo Clinic
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  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Topic Overview - WebMD
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  • Whooping cough Symptoms - Mayo Clinic
    Whooping cough — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment of this vaccine-preventable lung infection.

  • Pertussis - Wikipedia
    Whooping cough (pertussis) is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis (or B. pertussis). It mainly affects babies younger ...