Whooping Cough (Pertussis)


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Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

** Whooping Cough (Pertussis) **

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Cough (Pertussis)

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Whooping cough (pertussis) is an infection of the respiratory system caused
by the bacterium /Bordetella pertussis/ (or /B. pertussis/). It's
characterized by severe coughing spells, which can sometimes end in a
"whooping" sound when the person breathes in.

It mainly affects infants younger than 6 months old before they're
adequately protected by immunizations, and kids 11 to 18 years old whose
immunity has started to fade.

Before a vaccine was available, pertussis killed 5,000 to 10,000 people in
the United States each year. Now, the pertussis vaccine has reduced the
annual number of deaths to less than 30. But in recent years, the number of
cases has started to rise. By 2004, the number of whooping cough cases
spiked past 25,000, the highest level it's been since the 1950s.

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Source: kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/whooping_cough.html

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