Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
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 breathes which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age.
The best way to protect against pertussis is immunization.
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- In 2010, 27,550 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) were reported in the U.S., but many more go undiagnosed and unreported.
- Coughing fits due to pertussis infection usually last from 1 to 6 weeks, but can go on for up to 10 weeks or more.
- Pertussis can cause serious illness in children and adults and can even be life-threatening for babies.
Pertussis For Kids
Pertussis leaves its victims literally gasping for air. At first, this tricky pretender might seem like a common cold—runny nose, fever, and cough...more
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – What You Need To Know
Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. Make sure your infants and young children get their recommended five shots on time.
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Pregnancy and Whooping Cough
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Learn how to protect babies from whooping cough by
- Getting a Tdap shot if you are pregnant;
- Creating a circle of protection around infants; and
- Making sure your baby gets DTaP vaccines on time
New Pertussis Strain
First appearance in the United States of pertussis strains that are missing pertactin.
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Coughing Up the Facts on Pertussis