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What Is Whooping Cough? What Is Pertussis?

Whooping cough, known medically as Pertussis, is an extremely contagious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Whooping cough is called the 100 days' cough in some countries. In many patients there is a distinctive hacking cough which is followed by a high-pitched gasp for air that sounds like a "whoop", hence the name...

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