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What do I need to know about whooping cough?

April 1, 2013

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Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious disease caused by a certain bacteria. It usually starts with symptoms like a cold. It causes uncontrollable coughing. Those with this disease often can’t breathe and make a loud “whooping” sound when trying to gasp for air.