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.

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Whooping Cough Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Once you become infected with whooping cough, it takes a few days to a few weeks for signs and symptoms to appear. When they do, they''re usually mild at first and resemble those of a common cold, suc...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Whooping cough is an upper respiratory infection, which means it affects your chest, airways and lungs. It''s caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria, which spread through droplets of respiratory secr...
Source: MayoClinic

Whooping Cough Prevention

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Prevention
... The best way to prevent whooping cough is with the pertussis vaccine, which doctors often give in combination with vaccines against two other serious diseases, diphtheria and tetanus. This three-in-on...
Source: MayoClinic

Whooping Cough Treatment

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Complications
... Teenagers and adults usually recover from whooping cough without complications. At worst, excessive coughing may cause a bruised or broken rib or a hernia — an abnormal protrusion of a loop of i...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... Treatment for whooping cough varies, depending on your age and the severity of signs and symptoms. Older children, teens and adults When whooping cough is diagnosed early in older children, teenagers ...
Source: MayoClinic

Whooping Cough Support

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Coping skills
... Whooping cough isn''t necessarily something that can be overcome in a week or two. This bacterial infection may persist for 6 weeks or longer. That means you may need to be off work for an extended pe...
Source: MayoClinic

Whooping Cough Other

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Overview
... Whooping cough — known medically as pertussis — is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough eventually turns much m...
Source: MayoClinic

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
... Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease involving primarily the tonsils, pharynx, larynx, nose, skin, and occasionally other mucous membranes. The characteristic lesion is marked by a patch or patche...
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

   

Whooping Cough Articles

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
    ... Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease involving primarily the tonsils, pharynx, larynx, nose, skin, and occasionally other mucous membranes. The characteristic lesion is marked by a patch or patche...