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Respiratory systemWhooping Cough

Whooping cough also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It causes uncontrollable coughing. Anyone can get whooping cough; however, it is more common in infants and children. It is especially dangerous in infants.

For the whooping cough, it takes 3-12 days after the infection, for the indications to appear.

Initially the indications are mild and include:

• Runny nose

• Nasal congestion

• Sneezing

• Red, watery eyes

• Mild fever

• Dry cough

After a week or two these indications worsen with prolonged coughing attacks which may:

• Bring up thick phlegm

• Provoke vomiting

• Result in a red or blue face

• Cause extreme fatigue

• End with a high-pitched “whoop” sound during the next breadth of air.

• Sometimes a persistent hacking cough is the only sign that the person is suffering from the disease.

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