Before we begin, The author of this article (Kevin) is NOT a medical professional. This article should NOT be considered as medical advice, because its not. If you want more information about Pertussis, please visit a medical professional or contact your local health department.
Pertussis (also known as the whooping cough) is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The term “whooping cough” comes from the sound that the person makes when they are coughing.
Transmission is through breathing in infected cough droplets. Incubation period is around 2 days. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and runny nose.
In areas where the population has received the DTaP vaccine, rates of infection are around 1 in 100,000.
The coughing spells may be so bad that babies can not to eat, drink, or breathe. At night the cough is often worse and cough medicines usually do not help.
The person may appear to be well betwwwn coughing spells. Some babies may only have apnea (failure to breathe) and can die from this.
Pertussis can be treated with modern antibiotics. However, patients with severe cases may have to be hospitalized.