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Whooping Cough or Pertussis

What Is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough, which is also known as Pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a bacteria. Whooping cough is a very serious disease and can cause permanent disability and even death to infants.

- It produces uncontrollable, violent coughing fits that make it difficult to breath.

- The coughs usually end in a “whoop-like” noise.

- Vomiting is common during the coughing fits, and a child may lose consciousness. It is common for infants to choke on their vomit during a coughing spell.

What Are Its Symptoms?

The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to the common cold, including:

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