Pertussis is also called whooping cough. It is a serious lung infection caused by bacteria. It is also very contagious and causes coughing fits. Whooping cough is most serious for babies with very small airways. It can lead to death. Symptoms usually appear about 7 to 10 days after exposure.
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No big whoop: Adult pertussis may not produce the whooping cough
Pertussis | Whooping Cough | Signs and Symptoms | CDC
Whooping cough also called pertussis is a highly contagious and serious infection that spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and breathing The infection causes coughing spells that are so severe that it can be hard to breathe, eat, or sleep. Whooping cough can even lead to cracked ribs, pneumonia, or hospitalization. Many babies who get whooping cough are infected by older siblings, parents, or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease. Booster vaccines are recommended, as protection from childhood vaccination wears off, putting adolescents and adults at risk for the infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million cases of whooping cough and about , deaths per year. Since the s, there has been an increase in the number of reported cases in the US.
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Pertussis in Adults
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious condition. This infection is most common in infants, but people of all ages can contract it. Whooping cough symptoms tend to be less severe in adults than in children. Unvaccinated infants have the highest risk of developing severe symptoms and complications from whooping cough. In this article, we discuss the symptoms and complications of whooping cough in adults and the treatment options.
Whooping cough pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. In many people, it's marked by a severe hacking cough followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like "whoop. Before the vaccine was developed, whooping cough was considered a childhood disease. Now whooping cough primarily affects children too young to have completed the full course of vaccinations and teenagers and adults whose immunity has faded. Deaths associated with whooping cough are rare but most commonly occur in infants.
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