Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious bacterial infection.
There is currently a resurgence of whopping cough in the United States.
Common symptoms of whooping cough include violent coughing fits and gasps for air that resemble a “whooping” sound.
Whooping cough most often affects infants and young children. It can be fatal, especially in babies less than one year of age.
Complications from the disease can include pneumonia, dehydration, seizures, encephalopathy (a disorder of the brain), and death.
Vaccination against whooping cough is the best defense against getting or transmitting the disease.
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