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10 Things You Should Know About Whooping Cough

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10 Things You Should Know About Whooping Cough

10 Things You Should Know About Whooping Cough
by Andi Vollenweider

1. Whooping cough (aka pertussis) can be a serious illness for adults and adolescents, and is potentially fatal in infants.

2. It is a highly contagious disease, caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacterium.

3. Whooping cough starts out as a common cold in adults, with symptoms including runny nose, congestion, sneezing, mild cough, and fever.

4. Shortness of breath and vomiting can be caused by uncontrollable coughing fits; sporadic coughing fits can last up to three months, or even longer.

5. It is most contagious when cold-like symptoms are present- when the person may not even know they have whooping cough- and are usually contagious for around 21 days.

6. Whooping cough can be serious for adults- they may experience coughing fits lasting 3 months or more, rib fractures, pneumonia, vomiting, and exhaustion due to disturbed sleep.

7. Whooping cough is generally more serious in infants and young children with symptoms and complications including coughing fits that are often accompanied by a whooping sound, pneumonia, ear infections, dehydration, loss of appetite, seizures, encephalopathy (brain disorders), and even death.

8. The preventative vaccine for whooping cough is called Tdap, which helps protect adults and adolescents from tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

9. It is difficult to treat whooping cough because antibiotics are most effective when taken when symptoms first appear, and most people don’t know it is whooping cough in the beginning.

10. Whooping cough is spread from person to person through airborne bacteria from coughing or sneezing, and through close contact with an infected person.

Source:
HELP PREVENT WHOOPING COUGH.COM
8 December 2010 <www.helppreventwhoopingcough.com/learn-about-whooping-cough.html>

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