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.
Also called whooping cough, pertussis is caused by germs that get into the throat and lungs and makes it difficult to clear mucous from the airways. Young infants may not be able to cough forcefully and may stop breathing. Babies with whooping cough may have fits seizures and in serious cases, go into a coma.
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.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease caused by Bordetella pertussisa type of bacteria. Although children are routinely immunised against whooping cough, there are outbreaks of whooping cough from time to time. The early symptoms look like the symptoms of a cold.
While teens and adults often recover from whooping cough without many problems, infants and young children can experience serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Whooping cough is highly contagious. In fact, one person with whooping cough can potentially infect 12 to 15 other people!
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Whooping cough pertussis is a contagious illness. It causes intense fits paroxysms of coughing. It mainly affects babies and young children.
Whooping cough pertussis is a disease that causes very severe coughing that may last for months. During bursts of violent coughing, you may make a noise that sounds like a "whoop" when you try to take a breath. You can cough so hard that you hurt a rib. Whooping cough spreads easily from one person to another.
Whooping cough pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. In many people, it's marked by a severe hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like "whoop. Before the vaccine was developed, whooping cough was considered a childhood disease.