What do I need to know about whooping cough?

April 1, 2013


Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH
President & CEO


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.