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
• 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.