What is Pertussis/Whooping Cough?
Pertussis: What it is....
Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection. When a person first gets in may seem like you have a cold. During this stage it's the most contagious. The next stage of pertussis is when you feel miserable. Your cough gets worse and you can vomit and feel out of breath. Pertussis can cause severe coughing that makes a whoop noise. Pertussis can last for a very long time and can lead to other infections. In between episodes of coughing you may feel completely normal.
Interesting fact: During a coughing episode you can cough so hard you injure a rib!