Whooping Cough

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Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. In many people, it's marked by a severe hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like "whoop."

Whooping cough primarily affects children too young to have completed the full course of vaccinations and teenagers and adults whose immunity has faded.

Description and Who it Affects

Type of Pathogen and Causes

Type of Pathogen: Bacteria When an infected person coughs or sneezes, tiny germ-laden droplets are sprayed into the air and breathed into the lungs of anyone who happens to be nearby.

Mode of Transmission

Direct and Indirect

Runny Nose

Red, watery eyes

Nasal Congestion

Extreme Fatigue

High Fever

Severe Cough

"Whoop" when breathing in air


Signs and Symptoms

Prescription Antibiotics:Sulfamethoxazole​/​trimethoprim (Bactrim), Azithromycin (Zithromax), Clarithromycin (Biaxin), Erythromycin (Ery-Tab)Self-treatmentMucinex


Whooping cough is one of the most highly contagious infectious diseases. Whooping cough fits are uncontrollable and intense.The young and ill are at higher risk for whooping cough.Vaccination is the best protection against whooping cough.

Facts about Whooping Cough

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. Doctors recommend beginning vaccination during infancy.



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