Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.
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Pregnancy and Whooping Cough
New Pertussis Strain
In recent years, most pertussis strains in the United States are missing pertactin.
Would You Know Pertussis?
Hear how the cough may sound
It is important to know that not everyone with pertussis coughs or "whoops".
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about pertussis? See these answers to pertussis frequently asked questions.
Coughing Up the Facts on Pertussis
Presentation on Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations Updated 11/27/2014
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