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Everything you need to know about Whooping Cough

So… What is Whooping Cough?

Of course, the first question everyone ask is:
What is Whooping Cough?

In case one hasn’t heard of Whooping Cough (also known as Pertussis), it is a highly contagious infection that infects the respiratory tracts of people. Caused by the bacteria  Bordetella pertussis, it can infects people of all ages, but is most dangerous in infants under the age of 1.

One of the Symptoms is a “whooping” sound when inhaling after a fit of coughing, giving the illness its trademark name.

Thankfully, there is a vaccine for Pertussis, normally injected to most children at the age of 3 months. Thus the number of people infected has decreased over the years.

However, there are reports some parents have stop vaccinating their children for the fear of the side effects. Such events can cause a spike in number for the infected.

So, this blog will document the outbreaks of Pertussis happening all over the world, Look forward to it!:)

 

 

References

http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/surv-reporting.html

http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/584?orginalId=3000.

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