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: