Whooping Cough

Caused by the pathogen, Bordetella pertussis.

The pathogen was first identified in Paris, 1900.
Whooping Cough


Mild Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Mild fever
  • Dry cough

After a week or two, symptoms get worse. A thick mucus aligns the throat and causes uncontrollable coughing. These coughing attacks may -

  • Provoke vomiting
  • Result in a red or blue face
  • Cause extreme fatigue
  • End with a high-pitched "whoop" sound during the next breath of air

What whooping cough is really like

Spreading it...

Whooping cough is spread by close contacts with oral secretions or respiratory droplets. It can also be spread through sneezes. Pretty scary, huh?

Treating it-

Because it's a bacterial infection, whooping cough can be treated by vaccine. Usually it's treated by Erythromycin.

Preventing it...

VACCINATION! It doesn't completely block out whooping cough, but it won't be as severe a case. You may mistake it as a cold!

There are two types of vaccines-

  1. DTaP is for children 7 and younger
  2. Tdap is for older children and adults

Also, vaccinations during pregnancy will help prevent whooping cough in your little one!

Mortality Rates

In 1940, before an available vaccine, the death rate was 1%.

In 2012, two years ago, there were over 41,000 reported cases but only 18 people died. The number of cases was the highest in 60 years!

Re-emerging Much?

It's a scary thought to think that Whooping Cough is coming back! Many adults who had vaccines as children, do not know that it's re-emerging, so they are not protected! Also, children with parents who don't vaccinate them are at risk!

Nick Names

Because the infection can last up to 10 weeks, some people call it the 100 day cough

How many?

In the whole world, there are 16 million reported cases a year and about 195,000 deaths.