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Whooping coughalso known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that causes severe fits of coughing and trouble breathing. People with whooping cough sometimes make a "whooping" sound as they try to take a breath. Whooping cough is very contagious.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease. Whooping cough can affect people of all ages but it is more serious for babies. Whooping cough can be prevented by immunisation.
Respiratory Health Whooping cough overview. Whooping cough pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can affect people of all ages, but is most severe in babies. The disease causes coughing attacks that can end in a high-pitched whooping sound.
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Whooping cough, or pertussis, is very contagious and mainly affects infants and young children. The illness is characterized by coughing spells that end with a characteristic "whoop" as air is inhaled. Whooping cough caused thousands of deaths in the s and s.
Pertussis whooping cough can cause serious illness in babies, children, teens, and adults. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop within 5 to 10 days after you are exposed. Sometimes pertussis symptoms do not develop for as long as 3 weeks.
Now about half of all the cases that occur in this country are among teens and adults. And treatment consists of a course of antibiotics. Teens and adults need to get the vaccine, too.
Bordetella pertussis is a gram-negative aerobic coccobacillus causing contagious respiratory tract disease called whooping cough. The virulence factors consist of pertussis toxin, filamentous hemagglutinin, fimbriae, lipooligosaccharide, and adenylate cyclase toxin. The disease causes a worldwide threat to public health despite a high vaccination coverage.