Whooping Cough

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis.  It is spread from person to person, usually through coughing or sneezing.  The bacteria, which only infects humans, releases toxins which damage the respiratory tract.   Pertussis usually starts with symptoms that are identical to the common cold:  congestion, runny nose, […]

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