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Diseases » Pertussis




Pertussis(Whooping Cough) is an acute, highly communicable bacterial disease characterized by a paroxysmal or spasmodic cough that usually ends in a prolonged, high pithed, crowing inspiration (the whoop). Pertussis is an endemic disease throughout the world. One attack does not confer natural immunity for life, but second attacks, if they occur, are usually mild and often unrecognized. Pertussis is serious in children under the age of 2 years. The disease is thoublesome but rarely serious in older children and adults, except in the aged.




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