How Do You Get Whooping Cough?

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Definition

Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing.The coughing canmake it hard to breathe. A deep "whooping" soundis often heardwhen the patienttries totake a breath.


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Whooping cough


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an upper respiratory infection caused by the Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It is a serious disease that can cause permanent disability in infants,...

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